10 days in Europe Itinerary

10 days in Europe Itinerary

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10 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  13​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chennai, 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 24th (Tue), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planning site .

Chennai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chennai in December, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower

1
night
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 25th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Budapest day 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. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Budapest is slightly colder at night with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, and then make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

1
night
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 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Prague travel route planning website .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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 28th (Sat): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

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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 9°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
On the 30th (Mon), ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Rome are somewhat warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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