36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
7
Aero, Denmark
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
9
Delphi, Greece
— 1 day
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New Delhi, India

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, trek along Park Novodevichi Prudy, wander the streets of Kuznetsky Most Street, then contemplate the long history of Red Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kazan Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Complex of Residential Houses at Oktyabrskoye Field, then see the interesting displays at Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, then see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and finally explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Moscow trip planning tool .

New Delhi, India to Moscow is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, Moscow is cooler than New Delhi - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo
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5
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The State Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress. Step off the beaten path and head to Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum and Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, browse the exhibits of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at History of Religion Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg sightseeing planner .

Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor, Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum
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Palace Square
Palace Square
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

4
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Visit Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and Eidsvoll 1814 Norwegian Center for Constitution for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet and Viking Ship Museum. Take a break from Oslo with a short trip to Marinemuseet (The Norwegian Naval Museum) in Horten, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, see the interesting displays at Nordisk bibelmuseum, hike along Nordmarka, and admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Helsinki to Oslo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Helsinki to Oslo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Helsinki in May since evenings lows in Oslo dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Marinemuseet (The Norwegian Naval Museum), Eidsvoll 1814 Norwegian Center for Constitution
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Kon-Tiki Museum ©
Kon-Tiki Museum

4
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Tales from Iceland and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Hallgrimskirkja and Grotta Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall (in Skalholt) and Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the fascinating history of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gljufrabui Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Reykjavik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Oslo in May: highs in Reykjavik hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Gljufrabui Waterfalls, Thermal Spas, Bruarfoss Waterfall, Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall
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Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Gljufrabui Waterfalls ©
Gljufrabui Waterfalls

5
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and MOOF Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent) and Historic Centre of Brugge (in Bruges). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Atomium, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Natural Sciences, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and admire the striking features of Guild Houses.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Brussels online attractions planner .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Brussels in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reykjavik to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in May, things will get a bit warmer in Brussels: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Aero.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Historic Centre of Brugge, Rubens House (Rubenshuis), Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Aero, Denmark

Aero
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Marstal Sofartsmuseum, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleri Rita Lund Malerier, take a stroll through AEroskobing Torv, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Soby Kirke, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bregninge Kirke. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Skjoldnaes Fyr, sample the tasty concoctions at Rise Bryggeri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marstal Kirke, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aeroskobing Kirke.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Brussels to Aero. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Aero

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Bregninge Kirke
Bregninge Kirke
Skjoldnaes Fyr ©
Skjoldnaes Fyr
Soby Kirke ©
Soby Kirke

4
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Krakow Pinball Museum. You'll explore and learn at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, see the interesting displays at Polish Aviation Museum, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and browse the exhibits of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Krakow vacation app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aero to Krakow. In May, daytime highs in Krakow are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

1
day
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, then take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Delphi, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Delphi day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Krakow to Delphi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Delphi due to the time zone difference. In June, Delphi is a bit warmer than Krakow - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou
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Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum
Delphi ©
Delphi
Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulu Cami and Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Visiting Sapanca Lake and Halic will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Delphi to Istanbul in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Delphi to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Delphi in June: highs in Istanbul hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sapanca Lake, Ulu Cami
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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