17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
bus + Fly:  16​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip website .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the next day, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip website .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Budapest, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Lesser Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Prague in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Barcelona vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Rome. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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