25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Mumbai (Bombay), India
Fly:  9​h
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
Mumbai (Bombay), India

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul journey planner.

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in May; daily highs in Istanbul reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

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Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments, then wander the streets of Plaka District, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Athens holiday builder site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka District ©
Plaka District

2
days
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 16th (Wed), admire the striking features of Porta della Carta, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

Fly from Athens to Venice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Venice. Traveling from Athens in May, things will get a bit cooler in Venice: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

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Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

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Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at El Cafè de la Pedrera, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batlló. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, stroll through Park Güell, and then admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona trip maker website .

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

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La Sagrada Familia ©
La Sagrada Familia
Park Güell ©
Park Güell
El Cafè de la Pedrera ©
El Cafè de la Pedrera

2
days
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid online trip maker .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

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Museo Nacional del Prado ©
Museo Nacional del Prado
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) ©
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum and then examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning app .

You can fly from Madrid to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to London.

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Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

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Disneyland Park
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Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

3
days
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Natural History Museum and Tower Bridge. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. James's Park, admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, and don't miss a visit to The London Eye.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
days
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): try out the rides at Tivoli Gardens and then enjoy breathtaking views from The Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and finally see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen visit planning tool .

You can fly from London to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. May in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
The Round Tower ©
The Round Tower
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

2
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Sat), meet the residents at Natura Artis Magistra, then enjoy some diversion at Museumfoto, and then don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online travel route planner .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Natura Artis Magistra ©
Natura Artis Magistra
Amsterdam Boat Experience ©
Amsterdam Boat Experience

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