20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  19​h 45​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

5
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.
Head to Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisifor some retail therapy. Visit Basilica Cistern and Galata Tower for their historical value. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koç Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip generator.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Jakarta to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in December, with highs in Istanbul at 7°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
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.
Attractions like Porta della Carta and St. Mark's Square make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Venice trip generator.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Istanbul to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Venice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Venice is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John for their historical value. Let the collections at Galleria dell'Accademia and Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence travel planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Palatine Hill and Trevi Fountain. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza Navona and Vatican Museums. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Borghese Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Capitoline Museums, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome travel planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at British Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and then learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by A&S Jewellery Manufacturing Limited, then hunt for treasures at Camden Market, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and train from Rome to London takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Rome in January, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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