42 days in Europe & India Itinerary

42 days in Europe & India Itinerary

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42 days in Europe & India Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  13​h 30​min
12
Agra, India
— 9 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India


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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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Istanbul is an approximately 14-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 Kolkata (Calcutta) to Istanbul. While traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta), expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites 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 24th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in November, expect nights in Budapest to be much colder, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can 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

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vienna tour planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, and get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

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

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 2nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice sightseeing tool .

Fly from Prague to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Prague in December, you will find days in Venice are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with a short trip to Food Tours in Siena (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip builder app .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Food Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo & Catedral Primada). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Madrid road trip site .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online vacation planner .

Getting from Madrid to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in December, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Anne Frank House, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, stroll around Vondelpark, and explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam journey builder tool .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

9
nights
Agra, India

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, let little ones run wild at Play Safari, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Agra takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Agra, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 9°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rail Tours
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

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