30 days in Western Europe, Central Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

30 days in Western Europe, Central Europe & Istanbul Itinerary

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Start: Karachi, Pakistan
Fly:  13 h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Karachi, Pakistan

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche, explore the world behind art at Albertina, thenexplore the world behind art at Wien Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, thenexamine the collection at The Hofburg, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vienna route planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Vienna is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Karachi to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

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.
On the 6th (Wed), test your problem-solving skills at Breakout Prague - Real Life Escape Games, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, thentake a stroll through Lesser Town, and finally get in on the family fun at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, pause for some photo ops at Franz Kafka statue, thenget to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, and finally examine the collection at NaFilM: National film museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
NaFilM: National film museum ©
NaFilM: National film museum
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, thenget a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, thenappreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, thensee the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, thenmake a trip to East Side Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Make a Break – Escape Room Berlin.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip planning website.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the world behind art at De Nieuwe Kerk, thentake an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, thenexplore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), thenhave some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto, thenstroll around Vondelpark, and finally admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip builder website.

You can fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, thentake in the views from Tower Bridge, thenget engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Trafalgar Square. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The British Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament, and finally make a trip to Big Ben.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the London trip website.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to London takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to London is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip tool.

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in January, with highs in Lisbon at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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 19th (Tue): stroll around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, thenstop by El Barri Gòtic, thenmake a trip to Placa de Sant Jaume, and finally wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Barcelona holiday planning app.

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in January since evenings lows in Rome dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, and ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest sightseeing planner.

Fly from Rome to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in January: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 3°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 10°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Istanbul Modern ©
Istanbul Modern

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