24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe itinerary planner

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Chora Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Istanbul is minus 2.5 hours. While traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta), expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, admire the striking features of Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then make a trip to Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest travel planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Budapest, with highs around 3°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kids will enjoy Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip maker site.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. January in Vienna sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Vienna in January, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Bring the kids along to Natural History Museum and National Gallery. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary planning website.

Take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a stroll through Alfama, then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online day trip planner.

Getting from London to Lisbon by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Lisbon at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

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 26th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Puerta del Sol, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, then admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lisbon in January, with highs in Madrid at 12°C and lows at 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

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.
Bring the kids along to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and admire the landmark architecture of Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona visit planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally make a trip to Spanish Steps.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, plan for little chillier nights in Rome, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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