21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Islamabad, Pakistan
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Barcelona, Spain
— Few hours
Fly:  12​h
Islamabad, Pakistan

2
days
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 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul sightseeing planner .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Islamabad in February, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Naples.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
day
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 18th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, get engrossed in the history at Galleria Borbonica, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Naples takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Naples is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Istanbul in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Naples, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

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Duomo di Napoli
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte ©
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at St. Peter's Basilica and Galleria Borghese. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.

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Take a train from Naples to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rome are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

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Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Venice.

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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Ca' Rezzonico, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice visit planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in February, you will find days in Venice are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Ca' Rezzonico ©
Ca' Rezzonico

2
days
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.
On the 25th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church and then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip maker site .

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Venice in February, with highs in Budapest at 7°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

1
day
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 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral and then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Prague online itinerary planner .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Munich.

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St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

1
day
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church and then take an in-depth tour of Nymphenburg Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munich route tool .

Fly from Prague to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

3
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

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You can fly from Munich to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munich in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
day
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid vacation site .

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

1
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila "La Pedrera", and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

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You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in March, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Mila ©
Casa Mila "La Pedrera"

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