17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  16​h 15​min
2
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore, Singapore

1
night
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, then see the interesting displays at MARS Center, and finally browse the exhibits of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder site .

Singapore, Singapore to St. Petersburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 1°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

1
night
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Skyelark, then stroll through Sound of Sleat Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Dun Beag Broch. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Trotternish Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Skyeworks Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bearreraig Bay.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip builder app .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from St. Petersburg to Isle of Skye in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Isle of Skye due to the time zone difference. In December, Isle of Skye is a bit warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sound of Sleat Beach ©
Sound of Sleat Beach
Dun Beag Broch ©
Dun Beag Broch
Bearreraig Bay ©
Bearreraig Bay

1
night
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 11th (Wed): take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Paris in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence tour itinerary website .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Florence are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and finally make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rome tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Ortakoy. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, view the masterpieces at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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