17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Guwahati, India
Taxi + Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  16 h 15 min
End: Guwahati, 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 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planning app.

Port Blair, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Port Blair to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Port Blair in May, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (25°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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 4th (Mon): admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, and finally explore the ancient world of Pantheon. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rome vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Budapest in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, then ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and finally contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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M.G. Design ©
M.G. Design
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, then don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House, and finally wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, see the interesting displays at NaFilM: National film museum, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Lobkowicz Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at St. George's Basilica.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Prague road trip app.

Getting from Amsterdam to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Prague sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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