19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Medan, Indonesia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Medan, Indonesia

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 (Thu), steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihrimah Sultan Camii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip maker site .

Medan, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Eastern European Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Medan in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campo del Ghetto, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice trip planner .

Fly from Istanbul to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in November since evenings lows in Venice dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can 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
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Florence itinerary planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can 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
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, then make a trip to Pantheon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For more things to do and tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros and then take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planning site .

You can fly from Rome to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Rome in December, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Castelo dos Mouros
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower. Do your shopping at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Laurence Esnol Gallery, stroll through Île de la Cité, and admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Paris. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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 11th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Lobkowicz Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then wander the streets of Old Town Square, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Jewish Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Prague tour website .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Prague to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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 13th (Fri): pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, make a trip to Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Budapest online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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