11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Doha, Qatar

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip builder website .

Doha, Qatar to Barcelona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Doha in May; daily highs in Barcelona reach 25°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Le Marais, and then make a trip to Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in June, with highs in Paris at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Paris

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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 5th (Wed), take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and finally look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Zurich, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Zurich

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Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Charles Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner .

Fly from Zurich to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. June in Prague sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then view the masterpieces at Koller Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Prague in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami . The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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