8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train + subway:  3​h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Chennai, India

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online trip planner .

Chennai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chennai in August: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
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 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for little chillier nights in Budapest, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Budapest

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

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 4th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Budapest to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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

1
night
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 6th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome holiday maker .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and finally contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ravello trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ravello: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

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