18 days in Barcelona, Milan & Istanbul Itinerary

18 days in Barcelona, Milan & Istanbul Itinerary

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18 days in Barcelona, Milan & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

6
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Dedicate the 14th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, and indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip builder website .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Barcelona is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in January, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

4
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante), Santuario di S. Maria dei Ghirli (in Campione d'Italia) and Parrocchia dei SS. Lorenzo e Agnese (in Menaggio). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, do a tasting at Enoteca Principessa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Grona, and admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary website .

Getting from Barcelona to Milan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Barcelona in January: high temperatures in Milan hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bellagio, Santuario Madonna delle Lacrime, Parrocchia dei SS. Lorenzo e Agnese, Monte Grona, Santuario di S. Maria dei Ghirli
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
La Casa Maledetta ©
La Casa Maledetta

6
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Spend the 26th (Sat) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Milan to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Milan in January since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Food Tours
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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