25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ortakoy and Galata Tower. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Istanbul to be colder, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Urgup, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Cappadocia Dowry Carpet, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Urgup day trip planning site.

Fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Urgup, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

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 18th (Fri): look for gifts at the White, Santorini, then kick back and relax at Kamari Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fira route builder app.

You can fly from Urgup to Fira in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Urgup to Fira, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Urgup in December: highs in Fira hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Plaka and Acropolis of Athens. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Acropolis Museum and Temple of Olympian Zeus. There's lots more to do: get great views at Mount Lycabettus, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and explore the striking landscape at Areopagus.

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Fly from Fira to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fira in December since evenings lows in Athens dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

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.
Attractions like Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Marienplatz, explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frauenkirche, and wander the streets of Schwabing.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich journey site.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Munich takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in December: high temperatures in Munich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Berlin, Germany

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then head outdoors with Berlin Racing Bikes, and then don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, then make a trip to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Berlin holiday planning app.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manchester.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Manchester, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Virtual Hideout Manchester and Manchester Town Hall will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Manchester Art Gallery and Science and Industry Museum. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing, see the interesting displays at National Football Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manchester Cathedral, and get lost in a book at Chetham's Library.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manchester visit planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Manchester in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

London, United Kingdom

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. Family-friendly places like National Gallery and Buckingham Palace will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tower of London, admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our London driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by train from Manchester to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in London are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:

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.