12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh, India
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Chandigarh, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower. On the next day, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Chandigarh, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 16th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and then stroll around Vondelpark.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Istanbul to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Istanbul in April, with highs in Amsterdam at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris travel planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Paris sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, visit El Barri Gòtic, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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 22nd (Wed): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome travel planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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