20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Karachi, Pakistan
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  8 h 30 min
6
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Karachi, Pakistan

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Corinth Canal and Hondos Center. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, admire the striking features of Parthenon, stop by Pantopolion, and explore the galleries of Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Athens online route maker.

Karachi, Pakistan to Athens is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Karachi to Athens is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Athens when traveling from Karachi in July, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

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Side Trip

Corinth Canal
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Haci Bekir. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, kick back and relax at Florya Sahil Parkı, stop by Jennifer's Hamam, and explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul tour website.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Istanbul. Traveling from Athens in July, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Halaszbastya and Hősök tere. Head to Book Cafe - Lotz Terem and Reflexshopfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, browse the different shops at Arena Mall, and try out the rides at Palatinus Strandfürdő.

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Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Széchenyi Thermal Bath ©
Széchenyi Thermal Bath

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Salzburg Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) and Salzburg Museum. Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen in Werfen--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, make a trip to Stiegl-Brauwelt, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn.

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You can drive from Budapest to Salzburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Salzburg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Petersfriedhof ©
Petersfriedhof
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Manufaktura and Rocking Horse Toy Shop. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lobkowicz Palace and Jewish Museum in Prague. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Prague Zoo, cool off at Aquacentrum Sutka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pinkas Synagogue Pinkasova synagoga.

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You can drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stop by Laderach, fly like a bird with Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt), stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally take a memorable ride with Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Metzgerei Bayard.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt travel route site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Prague to Zermatt in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt) ©
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ©
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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