15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chennai, 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.
On the 3rd (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul holiday builder app .

Chennai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Palatinus Strandfürdő and then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Nature Theme Parks Parks
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Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

1
night
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 7th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Budapest to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, then have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome travel route planner .

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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 10th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then walk around Parc Guell, then get your game on at Virtua, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Barcelona using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and then stroll around Phoenix Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then walk around St Stephens Green, and then wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Dublin journey maker site .

Fly from Barcelona to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in May, expect Dublin to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, head outdoors with Riddarholmen, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and finally examine the collection at Skansen. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, then step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, then get in on the family fun at Grona Lunds Tivoli, and finally find something for the whole family at Junibacken.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Stockholm takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

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