21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru, India

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 16th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Visegradi Bobpalya, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then engage your brain at Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest day trip tool .

Bengaluru, India to Budapest is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 4 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in December; daily highs in Budapest reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája ©
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and Rathaus. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vienna vacation maker .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

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 21st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park, then make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, then enjoy breathtaking views from Petrinska rozhledna, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Prague Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Prague Zoo ©
Prague Zoo
Petrinska rozhledna ©
Petrinska rozhledna

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Bring the kids along to Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, stroll around St Stephens Green, and get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dublin itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Prague to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Prague in December, expect Dublin to be a bit warmer, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

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 26th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Place de la Concorde. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dublin to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can 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 28th (Sat): browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planning website .

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Rome in January, expect nights in Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

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