20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mangalore, India
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train + Subway:  3​h
8
Ravello, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Mangalore, India

1
night
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 28th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace and then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip website .

Mangalore, India to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mangalore to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mangalore in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planning app .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in September, Budapest is cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden, then stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Prague vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in October, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Le Marais, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris travel planning app .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Prague, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
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 6th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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 10th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning site .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. October in Rome sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and Museo della Carta. Step out of the city life by going to Fornillo and Spiaggia di castiglione. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravello: Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano (in Positano).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ravello itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Basilica of Saint Trofimena, Spiaggia di Atrani, Spiaggia Lannio
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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