15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Barcelona, Spain
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Seville, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Munich, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Istanbul travel itinerary planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul. When traveling from Islamabad in January, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and stroll around Ciutadella Park.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Barcelona in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Barcelona is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Barcelona, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

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Seville, Spain

— 1 night

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seville online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Seville are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 11th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then make a trip to Estacion de Atocha, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then walk around Parque del Retiro, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Seville to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in January, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Old Town and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Zurich takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Zurich is slightly colder than Madrid - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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Munich, Germany

— 1 night

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich online route planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. January in Munich sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Berlin tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Munich to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Berlin

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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Spain travel guide

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Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Germany travel guide

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Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.