20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jaipur, India
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Jaipur, India

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and finally steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder site .

Jaipur, India to Istanbul is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jaipur to Istanbul. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Jaipur in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest route planner .

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in February, expect nights in Budapest to be colder, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Prasna brana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

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You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Prague in February, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (9°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 26th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, then browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and then make a trip to Piazza San Marco.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Siena and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza del Campo and Campanile di Giotto. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

5
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.
Colosseum and Palatine Hill will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Church of St. Louis of the French. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Rome are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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