15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

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.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Catacombe di San Callisto are in your itinerary. Pantheon and Church of St. Louis of the French are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel route tool .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Rome is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, Rome is little chillier than Kuwait City - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then get a taste of the local shopping with Avenida da Liberdade, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Rossio Square and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lisbon journey builder app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll through Île de la Cité, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in December, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): ponder the design of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, look for all kinds of wild species at Schwanheimer Dune, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenfriedenskirche, then explore the historical opulence of Holzhausenschlosschen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johanniskirche, and finally steep yourself in history at Goethe House.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Goethe House ©
Goethe House
Holzhausenschlosschen ©
Holzhausenschlosschen
Schwanheimer Dune ©
Schwanheimer Dune

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 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Budapest planning app .

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder app .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in January, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are much hotter (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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