20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Urgup, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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London, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Natural History Museum and Houses of Parliament. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tower of London, step into the grandiose world of Tower of London Ice Rink, admire the masterpieces at Bankside Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the London day trip website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to London is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to London. In December, London is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Manchester.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums
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Manchester, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The City of Manchester Distillery and then have fun and explore at Science and Industry Museum.

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Take a train from London to Manchester in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Manchester

Childrens Museums · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then make a trip to East Side Gallery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then make a trip to Potsdamer Platz, and finally appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary website.

Getting from Manchester to Berlin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Berlin is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Family-friendly places like Munich Residenz and St. Michael's Church will thrill your kids. Visit St. Peter's Church and Frauenkirche for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, take a stroll through Schwabing, and examine the collection at BMW Welt.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munich route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Fira, Greece

— 1 night
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stop by the White, Santorini, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamari Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

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You can fly from Munich to Fira in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Munich in December, you will find days in Fira are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are much warmer (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaka and Acropolis Museum. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Areopagus, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Athens online attractions planner.

You can fly from Fira to Athens in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Fira in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Athens, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Urgup, Turkey

— 1 night
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Keslik Monastery, look for gifts at Antikite Ottoman, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and finally do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Urgup trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Athens to Urgup by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in December, expect nights in Urgup to be much colder, around -3°C, while days are little chillier, around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. There's much more to do: stop by Ortakoy, admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Urgup to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Urgup in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.