13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Mumbai, India

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 24th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

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

Mumbai, India to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Rome. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in April: high temperatures in Rome hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 26th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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 28th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Venice tour planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally explore the galleries of Prasna brana.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Prague online road trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Venice in April: high temperatures in Prague hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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

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 1st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner .

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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