20 days in Istanbul, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

20 days in Istanbul, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

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20 days in Istanbul, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6
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.
Visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Taksim Square, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul day trip tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Eastern European Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 14°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Paris. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Palace of Versailles
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

7
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Family-friendly places like NEMO Science Museum and ARTIS will thrill your kids. Head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Leidsepleinfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Gasthuis Huisjes (van het vroegere St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis)). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour planning site .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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