Planning A EuroTrip From India in 2024 (Tips, Apps and websites to Use, Budget etc)

Everyone wants to go on an ideal Eurotrip but are usually confused. Here, I write a guide on planning a Europe trip from India all on your own.

Written by: Soumya Nambiar

Last Updated on: May 5, 2024

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links we may make a commission from.

Many of us have that dream. To spend one summer, backpacking across Europe.

Even though it was not my first time in Europe , I finally got some time off to do a trip across Europe this summer. I am not sure why. But suddenly, I am getting queries from many of my readers to help them plan their trips to Europe and they see me as some kind of a Europe vacation planner.

Even though many of my readers consider me as a Europe trip planner from India, I really cannot spare the time to plan someone else’s vacation. Planning Europe trip from India is not a cakewalk but I give you pointers in this post. I had written a similar one for USA and hopefully, this guide will be as helpful as that one. Here I give you tips on planning a Europe trip from India.

I have gone more than 20 times to Europe in the past 10 years and you can find more about my favourite European destinations . This Europe travel blog by an Indian hopes to be the foremost expert on this subject.

Planning your Europe trip at the last minute?

I know everyone is busy and don’t have time to plan their itinerary to Europe. Here are some quick links to make you the best Europe trip planner.

  • Booking is my go to for booking boutique hotels in Europe.
  • I always use Skyscanner for all my flights to Europe.
  • Getyourguide is my favourite tour aggregator in Europe.
  • I use Hostelworld to book all my hostels in Europe.
  • I use DiscoverCars to compare car rental prices.
  • FlixBuses for all my bus transportation in Europe.
  • RailEurope for all my train bookings in Europe.

Don’t want to plan your Europe trip on your own? I found many preplanned Europe tours for you to choose from:

  • Europe for 12 days
  • Jewel of Europe for 14 days
  • Balkans for 12 days

This is a photo of a monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Table Of Contents

  • 0.1 Find out my recommendations for Europe
  • 1.2 Read a lot of travel blogs/ travel articles online while planning Euro trip from India:
  • 1.3 Booking Your Flight tickets while planning a Euro trip from India:
  • 1.4 Preparing a 5-6 week Europe trip itinerary from India
  • 1.5 Applying for a Schengen Visa for Indians:
  • 1.6 Internal Travel within Europe during your Euro trip:
  • 1.7 Accommodation while Eurotrip planning from India:
  • 1.8 How to book other Activities to plan a trip to Europe from India:
  • 1.9 Public Transportation in Europe:
  • 1.10 What to Pack for Women for a trip to Europe?
  • 1.11 Foreign Currency in Europe:
  • 1.12 Europe trip cost from India / How much does it cost for Europe trip from India?
  • 1.13 Which Mobile SIM to use in Europe:
  • 1.14 Using Google Maps in Europe:
  • 1.15 Inform all your banks and mobile phone operators while planning a Europe trip from India:
  • 1.16 How do I plan a 15 day trip to Europe?
  • 2 Conclusion:

Find out my recommendations for Europe

Before we go any further, find out some of my recommendations for day trips for your trip to Europe.

European Destinations European Itinerary Hvar

Hvar, Croatia

The 5 island tour from Split is a favorite

Another row of colourful houses in the fairytale village of Colmar, France

Colmar, France

Colmar is definitely one of the prettiest towns in Europe.

Turquoise waters against limestone cliffs in Algarve, one of my favorite European beach destinations

Algarve, Portugal

My favorite beaches in Europe are here

Tips on planning a Europe Trip From India / How to plan Europe trip from India

Find below some sample itineraries if it is your first time in Europe. You can find more details in my detailed Europe itinerary post.

Europe Itineraries first timers TravelBooksFood 1

Read a lot of travel blogs/ travel articles online while planning Euro trip from India:

A year ago, if you had asked me where Algarve was , I would have probably stared at you like you were from outer space. But now that is a thing of the past and Algarve has been added to my list of favourite places from around the world. I read a lot of travel blogs, national geographic/ lonely planet / Conde Nast travel articles every day.

I read voraciously any travel related content that I can get my hands on. I now have a better sense of the places that I really want to visit. So why do I ask you to read them? Because if you don’t, then you end up visiting only the famous cities like Paris , Amsterdam etc and you tend to ignore all the other gorgeous lesser-known cities/towns/villages. If you want to be your own Eurotrip planner, then no one can judge your tastes better than yourself.

As travel bloggers, we can only give you our version of how a place is and give you tips based on our experiences on how to plan Euro trip. This post gives you some ideas on how to plan a Europe trip from India.

Booking Your Flight tickets while planning a Euro trip from India:

This comprises a huge chunk of your travelling expense. So you need to find the best possible deal for this. In my case, I had made my mind to fly into Lisbon and then fly back to Bangalore via Dubai (I stayed with my sister for a few days on my way back) from one of the cities in Western/Central Europe.

With this intention in mind, I logged into Skyscanner and Kayak  to give me the best possible rates and dates for this combination. After many iterations, I finally got a good deal and picked Emirates which was my best option. Both these sites are extremely good when it comes to finding the best flight deals.

I flew into Lisbon and flew out of Frankfurt via Dubai to Bangalore . Even though my cheapest option was Oman Air, I did not want to spend a lot of time in transit and preferred a straightforward route rather than taking multiple flights.

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This is a photo of brown and black timbered houses in Strasbourg, France from the post 'How to plan Your Eurotrip'

Preparing a 5-6 week Europe trip itinerary from India

I know that there are many people who would love to take traveling as it comes. Go without any pre-set plan and make plans on the go. I am not such a person. I always love to know beforehand where I will be staying, for how long I will be there in any particular place.

Even though it sometimes does not go according to plan , my mind is still at peace if I knew beforehand.So what did I first do? While planning my Europe travel itinerary , I made an initial list of places I wanted to visit. I did take a lot of inspiration from this post by BlondeAbroad . So my initial draft of places for my Europe tour plan from India looked like this:

• Lisbon • Porto • Madrid • Costa Del Sol • Seville • Barcelona • Andorra • Paris • Strasbourg • Luxembourg • Bruges • Ghent • Amsterdam • Frankfurt But then I decided to consult a map and realised that my geography was all over the place. I knew that I had to make some changes. A friend helped too. He was like why are you not going to Central Europe or Mallorca in Spain ?

Since I had been to Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, I decided to cut short my days there and decided to add Vienna and Prague to the list. I had to remove Andorra also since I realised that I needed a multiple entry Schengen Visa and I had applied for a single entry.

After multiple iterations, my itinerary finally looked doable. My final Europe tour itinerary looked like this:

• Lisbon • Algarve • Madrid • Seville (This got canceled) • Barcelona • Mallorca • Paris • Amsterdam • Brussels (Took day trips from here to Luxembourg, Bruges and Ghent) • Luxembourg • Bruges • Ghent • Strasbourg (Day Trip to Colmar) • Colmar • Vienna • Prague • Frankfurt (Only went to catch a flight to Dubai since changing the port of exit to Prague meant paying a huge deal of money.) Whew, that is too many places to see. Don’t get disillusioned by the number of places. It is definitely doable. I wish I can follow the concept of ‘slow travel’ but currently, that is not an option for me. Once the places were decided, I had to decide how many days I was going to spend in each of these locations.

I had an excel sheet where I tracked all these changes and I have no clue what I would have done without that excel sheet.

Many attractions in popular cities like Paris, Rome tend to get sold out months in advance. Check your availability for tickets below.

Recommended Read – Where to go in Europe

A photo of the canals in Amsterdam flanked by a restaurant on one side from the post 'planning a Europe Trip from India'

Applying for a Schengen Visa for Indians:

I have already written about this in detail here . Once I figured that I was going to spend 9 days in Spain , I realised that I had to apply for a Schengen Visa through Spain consulate.

There is one thing I would like to tell my readers here. I cannot give you any guarantee that you will be granted a visa. But what I have seen is that if you have all the required documentation, then they have no grounds to reject the visa.

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Internal Travel within Europe during your Euro trip:

I know the temptation of buying those Europe travel packages from India. But you need not do this and can entirely plan your travel within Europe on your own at half the price.

If you do not use Rome2rio yet, please start using it at once. It is one of the most helpful websites that I have come across. So what does it do? It gives you a list of options of how you can go from one place to another. It even tells you which mode of transportation is the shortest and the cheapest.

Many people asked me if it is required to get a Eurorail pass . There are contradictory views to this. But when I evaluated it in my case, it was coming out to be too expensive. The only advantage that an Eurorail pass gives is flexibility and it may work out to be cheaper if you are less than 26 years old. Also in some of the countries I visited, buses were cheaper and more convenient. Since my dates were already fixed, it was easier for me to pre-book all my tickets. But if you want flexibility, then a Eurail pass may be better.

Another great resource for train travel in Europe is Man in Seat 61 . This dude knows everything about train travel and you can check him out. He gives you multiple options on which trains to take from Point A to Point B. He also tells us which website is better to book trains in each country.

From Rome2Rio , I figured out if it was better to take a bus or a train. It also redirects to the websites of the various bus operators in the continent. Flixbus is a good and cheap bus service if you want to book buses within Europe. I took only one flight within Europe, that was from Barcelona to Mallorca and back. I booked through Ryan Air and they are one of the cheapest options. But there are several things to keep in mind if you are flying with Ryan Air. I will detail them out in a later post.

A photo of a patio in Mallorca Spain from the post 'planning a Europe Trip from India'

Accommodation while Eurotrip planning from India:

So do you want to book hostels, budget hotels or luxury hotels ? It really depends on what kind of a traveller you are. Since I was given sponsored stay in some locations, I did not have to worry about them. But for the rest of the locations, I still needed a place to stay. I went with a combination of all three.

I researched like crazy on Tripadvisor , Booking and narrowed my choices for the hotels.

In cases where I was staying in hostels, Hostelworld and Hostelbookers were my go-to guide. If you are staying in a 4-bed female dorm in a hostel, it will cost you a minimum of 25 Euros and this depends on how expensive the city is. Even in hostels, a private room can cause you around 80-100 Euros easily. In some cases, the hotels were cheaper than the hostels. All my accommodations in Europe cost me between 20 Euros – 110 euros per night during my Euro trip plan.

Need more budgeting tips. See how Amy managed to go around Europe in 45 days on a 3500$ budget .

Many people are apprehensive when it comes to booking hostels. But I really enjoyed my time in hostels this time around and I would definitely be using them more next time.

Most hostels now cater to the luxury traveller who wishes to have some privacy but at the same time want to meet new people. Hostels host a variety of fun events like bar crawls, free walking tours, traveller nights etc.

I did not opt for an Airbnb this time since I was travelling alone. Else Airbnb is an excellent choice in Europe. I was very happy with all my choices and the only one I would have changed is the one in Amsterdam .

But you cannot have everything in life and there will be few cases when all the above sites fail you. But through all the three sites, you can research which is the best locality for you and which hotel/hostel suits your tastes. All these sites also offer deals and they can be a steal if you do your research right.

How to book other Activities to plan a trip to Europe from India:

You can always book for other activities online through Viator and GetyourGuide . But for most of it, I left the day’s activities idle. This gave me the flexibility for me to go there and decide what I wanted to do and what I did not want to do.

However, for things like the Opera in Vienna , you may have to make your booking in advance if you want a good seat.

Public Transportation in Europe:

I love the public transportation system in Europe and you can always use Google maps to help you figure out how to go from one point to another. Else you can always walk, which I feel is the best way to discover a city in Europe.

I did not have much success with Uber though in Europe. They were always 15 minutes late. This has definitely become much better over the years.

What to Pack for Women for a trip to Europe ?

Carry an umbrella. You never know when it is going to rain. Since I was there during Spring/early Summer , I had carried with me a combination of clothes that would suit both weather conditions. I was able to wear shorts only in sunny Algarve . Most of the other places I had to stick to wearing jeans and tops coupled with a light sweater. I wore a lot of dresses but I had to wear tights along with it. A jacket is also ideal for colder locations like Paris. You are going to be doing a lot of walking. So it is ideal that you carry a good walking shoe and a pair of flip flops. I managed to considerably reduce the amount of baggage I was carrying this time. The thing to remember is that you can do your laundry there and most hostels will have a washing machine which you can hire for less than 5 euros. Europe uses round pins for all their electronic devices. So make sure to carry multi plugs if your devices have a square pin. Try to keep all your toiletries to the maximum allowed limit. Most of the hotels and hostels provide them.

A photo of the Alamduna cathedral in Madrid, Spain. One of my favorite stops during my 6 weeks in Europe trip

Foreign Currency in Europe:

Do not carry too much cash. That is always my motto. Even though I lost all my cards this time , I will still stick to carrying the minimum amount of cash. In case you want to withdraw, you can always go to an ATM  and withdraw cash.

Only thing to note is that you have to pay around 3% on every card transaction. So it makes better sense to withdraw in bulk.

Also get yourself a cash passport. They are the most helpful cards that I have used till date.

Europe trip cost from India / How much does it cost for Europe trip from India?

Most people ask me how much it cost for my European vacation. In most places, I was able to manage with 50-100 Euros per day.

It also depends on the location you are travelling to. Places in Eastern Europe like Montenegro and Sarajevo are some of the cheapest destinations I have travelled to in Europe.

Which Mobile SIM to use in Europe:

I preferred Orange in Europe . You can use your Orange sim in all the countries in Europe. The only issue is that you cannot recharge them in another country. For instance, if you bought a SIM in Spain, you can use the SIM card in France too. However, you cannot recharge the card if it is out of balance. Initially, in Portugal, I went for a lesser-known company. But that SIM stopped working the minute I was out of Portugal. Hence it is better to stick to the known operators. But public free Wifi is the best thing in Europe. I will definitely write on that later.

Using Google Maps in Europe:

Always remember to download an offline Google map of the next city in your itinerary. You will not realise how useful this is for you. I forgot to do this for Madrid and you know how that turned out.

Inform all your banks and mobile phone operators while planning a Europe trip from India:

You are going for a long trip. So it is better that you inform all your concerned banks and mobile phone operators.

Airtel has pathetic customer care service and be prepared to scream at them for their incompetence. In spite of informing them, I still had to pay an exorbitant amount once I got back.

How do I plan a 15 day trip to Europe?

I have written extensively about planning your Europe itineraries . Use a combination of any of them to pick out the best one suited for you.

Conclusion:

These are some of my tips on how to plan a Europe trip on your own from India? Do you have any other queries regarding your trip to Europe ? You can always shoot me an email and I will get back to you at the earliest. Hopefully, I have covered most of the queries first-timers have about their Eurotrip .

Don’t forget to take a printout of every booking and leave a copy of it at home. Liked it, then pin it.

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Find some recommendations for Europe guidebooks

Guidebooks for Europe

Traveling to Europe and need more guidance on which books to read? These are our recommendations for you to read before you go.

  • Rick Steve’s Guide to Europe
  • Lonely Planet’s Guide to Europe
  • DK Eyewitness Guide to Europe

Recommended : Best DAy Trips in Europe

BOOKING RESOURCES

Looking to book your trip now? Find some of my favorite resources I use while booking my trip. You can also find my travel gear here .

Book Your Flight

I am a  Skyscanner  fan when it comes to booking international flights. I use  Makemytrip  and  Yatra  for domestic flights.

Book Accommodation

Booking  , Agoda and Hotels are my go to resources for booking hotel accommodation and I use  Airbnb  for booking my homestays. I also compare prices on  Tripadvisor  always. Another one I always use is Expedia .

Travel Insurance

As an Indian, I prefer  ICICILombard  and I am always insured when I am traveling outside India. In addition, I have used  World Nomads  and SafetyWing for some of my trips.

I do go on a lot of day tours especially when I am traveling solo and love going on road trips with my husband.. Depending on convenience, my choices are  Viator  or  Getyourguide .

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About Soumya Nambiar

Soumya Nambiar here. I am an avid traveler, travel blogger, vegetarian foodie and entrepreneur from Bangalore, India who grew up in Tanzania, Africa. I have been to more than 60 countries and in this blog, I write about my personal experiences as an Indian traveller around the world as well as my struggles as a vegetarian. I can be reached at [email protected] .

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I'd imagine that for most travellers from India, six weeks in Europe would really tax the budget. Exchange rates would be pretty tough when you're converting Rupees to Euro. That's possibly why you're getting lots of enquiries about budget travel. What are the most popular destinations in Europe for travellers from India?

Great all-inclusive post about travel to Europe. I must admit, I had to google Algarve. Now that I've seen photos of it though, I am dying to go! Great tip about the visa, too.

Great tips about planning the trip! I must say I would have really hard time choosing just some places to visit during a trip like that. Europe offers so much, I really do not know how would I choose. What was your criteria, besides geography? 🙂

I plan my trips pretty similarly, with a lot of research and inspiration from fellow travelers and magazines. I love Rome2Rio also and I use it nearly every time I travel near or far. Hopefully I'll be touring Europe soon and I'll probably borrow some of your itinerary!

It sounds like you are super organised in planning your trip, especially using an excel spreadsheet – sounds just like me! I am a planner too and love to read up on places to go and also keep an eye out using sites like Skyscanner. Your trips are fantastic and really helpful to plan a trip to Europe, especially for first time visitors.

There was so much useful information crammed into one post! I have done both kinds of long term trips : planned from start to finish, and completely unplanned. I honestly enjoy both but I agree that sometimes it's better to have an itinerary planned, especially if traveling to areas like Europe that tend to cost more than say, SE Asia. It's definitely no fun to get to city and realize the only available accommodation is either out of your budget or already booked. I've been in those situations and sometimes you just have to bite the bullet, which ends up costing more. Plus, pre-planning your trip allows for more time to actually enjoy the place you're in instead of surfing the web. I'll definitely have to check out Rome2Rio. Thanks for sharing!

I know some friends who have done the backpacking trip and I so wish I had the energy to do it! There are a ton of amazing tips in here. I was surprised to read that you were able to find some good deals with Emirates. I thought they were the nicer airline companies that are on the pricier side 🙂

Great article abput how to plan a trip to Europe. It has all the important information one could need about visa, currancy etc. Thanks a lot! I love planning holidays. Probably my favourite past time activity.

Great itinerary for a Eurotrip, I've been to several of those cities already, a great choice of places! Also very useful info about those who travel to Europe for the first time. Thanks for sharing this!

There is definitely a lot to consider when planning a long trip especially in Europe. Hope it works out. Great list of things to research and places to visit.

Currently the most popular destinations are Paris and Amsterdam. Hopefully this will change in the coming years.

You should definitely go. It is a gorgeous place.

Well I wanted to go to Western Europe this time. So that was my criteria this time. 🙂

Hope you have a fun time in Europe when you go.

Yes I love planning most of my trip. I leave only some parts of the trip unplanned.

Yes Europe can turn out to be costly if we do not prebook in advance.

I am a frequent traveler on Emirates. So I usually have points. However this time I booked well in advance so the price difference was not much. Not as cheap as Oman Air. But the travel time for Oman Air was like 50 hours which meant I had to sleep in two different airports each way. Definitely not worth it.

Yes It is definitely a fun activity.

You are welcome

Yes I definitely did have a great trip except for a few bumps here and there.

Looks you have planned out your trip in detail very efficiently and its good to plan before visiting the place so you can utilize your time maximumly and can explore and enjoy the place.

Yes I love the planning part the best. So the trip was carefully planned.

Your article is a life saver. I can’t tell you how relieved I feel after getting all the inputs from your side. Coincidentally I started the planning thing on excel as I was bored at work :D. You’ve wonderfully attempted to explain every important aspect of travelling. Kudos !!

Thank You so much Abhishek. I am glad that you found it helpful.

You have mentioned about the Excel file with the planning here in the article. Could you share that with me please.

Even as a Swede I would probably try to mix it up a bit and put it into groups. This because some countries are easier to explore than others. Countries like France, Germany and Italy are groups one by one due to their size. Then you have the Benelux countries which is easy to travel between. You have the Iberian peninsula. You have Eastern Central Europe, with Austria, Czechia, Hungary and Slovakia. You have the Nordics (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland), Balkans and Balticum. There are of course a few more. By sorting it out in groups like this, then for a 6 week trip you have the possibility to choose three groups and really have the time to explore and enjoy each place. 🙂

I think you managed to pick a lot of lovely places, mostly very characteristic of their countries. I have realized that there is no such thing as a perfect itinerary. We need to enjoy each destination for what it is.

You definitely have some great tips here. Picking a geographical area is definitely key. Also, I’m heading to Belgium this summer, and saw you did a day trip from Brussels to Luxembourg. Now googling that for my trip 🙂

Europe is an expensive destination but if planned well and in advance definitely could be done. We have recently moved To Ireland and are planning to cover as much Europe possible by scoring some deals on flights. Downloading offline maps is a great way.

You have done a fab job listing these tips for someone looking to plan a Europe tour. Though everyone has their own set of plans but these basic tips would surely be handy. Agree public transport in Europe is awesome and they make it lot easy to travel across Europe. You have covered some of the best destination we missed looks like we need another trip planned 😉

It’s a dream for most Indians to go a Europe trip. But, money isn’t the only problem, the biggest challenge is to plan and execute the trip. You have just given the most amazing way to fulfill this Indian dream. We consider ourselves privileged to have been able to visit the lovely continent on a couple of occasions.

Totally loved your article. My Europe trip is planned in a month, and most of the planning part is done, still I am going to bookmark it for further reference w.r.t forex, google maps etc. It will help if you can add some info on some apps that might have come handy during this trip. We are also people in job, and we didn’t have time to go on a long backpacking trip. So, we are going on a two weeks holiday. Some things like booking your flight in advance, booking your hotel options in advance and making the right choice totally makes sense no matter for how many days you travel.

Great tips for travelling Europe from India. I really like the itineraries that you made. Those are some great cities with tons of stuff to see.

Great tips of planning Euro trips from India! I’ve never been to Europe but hope to visit soon. I also liked your visa tips!

I’ve lived in Europe for 4 years and travelled so much but this was still informative. I did look at your first itinerary and was like hmm that seems pretty erratic but then your second one made so much more sense haha. I agree with you on the wifi thing. I never had a functioning sim card outside of Denmark and I never needed it because wifi was everywhere!

It is a well written post with all little details. An Indian really need to plan well a budgeted trip to Europe otherwise the expenses will go beyond anything. Apart geography what else you considered for selecting the location for one week. Skyscanner is a real good option for flights and Rome2rio is new for me. Will bookmark this for my future reference.

Great post. Thanks a lot for taking so much effort to explain the things. Indians planning their first foreign trps always go through a lot of uncertanties and hesitations. As for myself, I am yet to even start planning but this should help!

Such a comprehensive guide this is. Thank you for sharing the tips. It will definitely help everyone who is planning a Europe Trip in coming days. I wish to go on a long trip like this someday

This is a very good guide not only for Indians who want to travel to Europe but for everybody. We should all spend time to careful plan our vacations in order to get the best deals and see as much as possible while also having fun. For me personally, when I backpacked Europe, the Interrail was very useful because I chose to travel a lot by train in Scandinavia. Just 2 train tickets in Norway would have made up the entire cost of the Interrail so for me it was a no brainer to buy the pass instead.

Such a long trip requires massive planning and you have good pointers to that. I usually do in smaller installments that is little easy on the pocket too and can balance with office and school schedules. But then your pointers are helpful for shorter vacations too.

Thanks for sharing this information.Europe is a dream destination of so many people to spend their Vacations. While visiting Europe we have to be careful about choosing best deals.

Wow! Amazing post for someone from india to plan a Euro trip from India. Bookmarked this post for my future travel plans.

Hope you get to visit Europe one day.

Thank you for making our knowledge more because it is most important to know about place we would like to visit once and we will see all location with is describe by you your blogs are very nice

Hi Soumya, Is Dec a good time to venture western European counties for an Indian couple?

Christmas markets and other winter activities are definitely a must in December. If you don’t mind the cold.

Many of us have a dream of travelling to euro countries from India. Thanks for this awesome post. This will definitely help many of our people and guide them.

Great tips you got there! Do Africans fit into the visa ideas?

Your blog is very informative thank you. It’s really helped me. Thank you

I have read your blog post and i found it is quite absolutely interesting. Keep up the good work!

Fantastic article, but you’re missing Europe’s most beautiful and inexpensive destination, Albania! No Schengen. easy visa

Hi A well written article How about a bus trip across europe, like landong in budapest and return from some other destinations?

Good luck 🙂

Thanks for sharing your detailed info. I love traveling very much. and I want to know which website is sharing cheap flight tickets.

Such a informative content! I hope everyone loves to travel for mental freshness. With the help of travel, we can improve health and immunity.

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How To Plan A Europe Trip From India

The very process of how to plan a Europe trip from India can feel daunting.

From applying visas to shortlisting destinations to following a strict budget, there is a lot to plan.

When I was thinking of my first ever backpacking trip to Europe, I was quite doubtful too. I had limited money and was travelling alone. To make it even worse, I was travelling Europe for 2-month, straight, covering 8 countries in total. But then, it helped me learn how to plan a Europe trip from India.

And now that I’ve been to Europe about a dozen times since my first trip in 2017, I think it’s time that I share some useful tips and a step-by-step guide and help others in planning a Europe trip from India, the way I did. So here we go…

Before I start, let’s see a quick Youtube video I have posted on my Youtube Channel. This is an overview of my 2 months Europe backpacking trip :

Now let’s start with TIP number 1 in our list of how to plan a Europe trip from India…

Know Your Budget

There is no denying the fact that Europe is an expensive destination for Indians. Even a basic meal in Mc Donalds, somewhere in Zurich, can cost over 1000 Rupees. Knowing how much you can spend always helps.

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I suggest you take a pen and paper write down the approximate costs because thinking of budget figurately is a lot different than putting it on paper. Writing down your budget is the first step to plan a trip from India to Europe.

To give an idea, the day-to-day costs including accommodation, food, sightseeing, public transportation, and a few extra incidental costs come to somewhere between 60-100 EUR per day in Western Europe and 40-80 EUR per day in Eastern Europe, for a budget traveller. This is when you are not living lavishly but not making too many sacrifices either. If you’re doing activities like sky diving or visiting an adventure park, add those expenses on top.

If you are a little more careful, you can save about 20%-30% more. This includes cooking your own food than eating out, travelling on a bus than on a train, and so on and so forth.

Here’s a related article you may want to read: Top Budget Travel Tips for Europe .

Once you know your budget, the next things to do in this travel blog on how to plan a Europe trip from India is creating an itinerary.

Create An Itinerary

Once you are done with the budget part, the next thing is shortlisting destinations, creating a route-map and finalizing your itinerary.

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If you’re planning a one week trip in Europe, for example, I suggest you start with deciding a base city for you, and travel around it, doing a loop. This allows you to not redo the same journey and travel only new places.

For example, during my Europe trip, I chose Zurich as my base city (or my starting and finishing point) and did a big circle around it. Here’s what I did:

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The reason I chose Zurich was that flights from India to Zurich were the cheapest India. Zurich, Frankfurt, Paris, Berlin, Rome are a few popular destinations with cheapest flights from India. Consider starting your trip from one of these cities.

Additionally, ask yourself whether you are into history or art or culture? Or perhaps adventure. And choose destinations accordingly. Also, if you want to travel on a low budget, focus on Eastern Europe. Scandinavia and Western Europe are the two most expensive regions in Europe.

Once you’re done with a rough the itinerary, consider yourself halfway to their entire dilemma of how to plan a Europe trip from India.

Search A Flight

While there is no standard time to book a flight, doing it about 6 weeks prior to your trip is a good idea. Remember, it can also take up to 4 weeks to get your Schengen visa.

A round-trip flight is always cheaper than a one-way flight. But if you want to start from one destination and finish at the other, a multi-destination flight works the best.

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If you have some time before you travel to Europe, it’s best to keep checking the flights from time to time. Signup for a reminder when the price for the flight you’re looking for becomes the cheapest. You can do that on flight booking sites like Skyscanner, Goibibo and others. For best flight deals, check the offers here as well.

And here’s a more detailed article to help you with more tips: Top Tips For Booking Flight Tickets .

Buy Travel Insurance

For Indians travelling to Europe, travel insurance is mandatory. There are several domestic companies like Aditya Birla, Bajaj Allianz and Bharti AXA, among others, I never bought my travel insurance from them.

Because they don’t cover every aspect of my trip.

When buying travel insurance you should know what kind of coverage your insurance policy entitles you to. Travel insurance is not just medical insurance. There are different types of coverage available based on your needs.

Since I carry a lot of expensive photography/computer gear I need something that also covers me in case I get robbed. Eg, I got robbed in Bratislava a few years ago, but my insurance plan covered my damages.

So if you are someone who travels alone, carry a lot of digital equipment, book too many hotels/flights in advance, and want to stay covered no matter what, I suggest you buy your insurance from this company called ‘SafetyWings’. I’ve been using them for a couple of years for all my international travels. It covers me for medical problems, accidents, travel delays, lost checked luggage, and even natural disasters.

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Think of travel insurance as an investment and not an expense. It covers you if something goes wrong. A wrong (or a cheap) travel insurance is just as good as having no insurance as all.

You can check Safetywing’s website by clicking here . Check different plans, and buy the one that best suits your needs.

Apply For Schengen Visa

Of course, you cannot plan a trip to Europe from India without getting a valid Schengen visa. Apply for a single-entry tourist visa, and you can use it to cross borders across the Schengen territory.

It is advised to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa at least 4 weeks prior to the planned trip. In most cases, however, The Embassy Consulate takes only around 10 days to process the application. A tourist Schengen visa is commonly valid for stays no more than 90 days.

Though the process of applying for a Schengen visa looks complicated, it’s rather very simple. I suggest you apply for a Schengen visa on your own and save the agent fee. Here’s a detailed article on How To Apply for Schengen Visa As Indians .

Nex tip in this blog on how to plan a Europe trip from India is learning how to travel inside the continent.

How To Travel Inside Europe

Now that you are ready for the journey, let’s figure out how to best travel inside Europe. From booking hotels to buses, in Europe, everything feels so organised and orderly done — contrary to how we are accustomed to in India — making travelling in Europe fairly easy.

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One thing you want to do as soon as you end up in a new town in Europe is visiting the local Tourist Information centre and collecting the free city-map and other reading material. This allows you to know the latest tourist attractions as well as get some local information not covered in guidebooks and online travel blogs.

If you’re going to be using public transport and visiting a lot of museums, invest in a City Card. Most towns across Europe have a City Card that allows unlimited free public transport and free entry to museums. For tourists who enjoy doing too much in too little time, a City Card saves them time as well as money. It is possible to buy a City Card online as well as from the local tourist information centre.

Between your arrival and departure in Europe, you won’t find any immigration checkpoints. Just catch a bus or a train and cross borders inside the Schengen zone, just like you enter from one state to the other in India.

Here’s more information on different transportation modes inside Europe:

Flights : It is possible to find a cheaper flight ticket in Europe than a train/bus ticket, so keep an eye. And it mostly happens for prominent long-distance journeys like Rome-Paris or Paris-Barcelona or Barcelona-Amsterdam. For example, I once travelled from Rome to Paris, with Ryanair, for 25 EUR. The same journey in train and bus would have cost me 80 EUR and 60 EUR, respectively. My three favorite low-cost budget airlines in Europe are Transavia, EasyJet, and Ryanair.

Buses : Buses in Europe are a lot cheaper than trains, and most budget backpackers rely on them to keep their travel costs low. Speaking of my personal experience, during my 2-month backpacking trip to Europe in 2017, I did 18 bus rides and 2 train rides in total. By doing so (and roughly speaking) I saved around 200 EUR. Where a train ride would have cost 50 EUR, the bus took 35, sometimes even lesser. Though of course buses take comparatively more travel-time, for me time was never a problem, and speaking of comfort, I personally found buses just as comfortable as trains. Megabus, Flixbus , Eurolines, Regiojet are a few international bus operators in Europe.

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Trains : Trains in Europe are faster than buses, and take a more scenic route, passing through beautiful countryside. Almost every country has its own national train service that is cheaper than EuRail. But if you’re visiting a few countries and you want to travel by train, it’s best to buy a weekly pass for EuRail.

Various bus operators also have a weekly/monthly travel pass. Compare different bus/train operators and find what suits you the best.

Car-Hire : I once did a one-week road trip across Germany and totally loved the experience. It may take a couple of days to get used to, but driving in Europe has its own charm. And if you’re a group of more than 3 people, hiring a car moreover saves you a great deal of money. Read this article for more tips: Tips For Renting A Car In Europe .

I recommend you to check deals at Discover Cars for car rental options.

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How To Book Accommodation In Europe

From budget hostels to luxury hotels to b&bs, Europe has something for everyone. And the best thing is, no matter what you choose, you’re going to find it neat and clean. There will be no smelly bedsheets waiting for you in Europe.

For me, backpacker hostels are the preferred accommodation type. And this is for two reasons… 1) I travel solo and hostels allow me to meet other travellers. 2) hostels are cheap.

If you want luxury and high-standard, and you are travelling in a pair, choose to stay in a hotel. If you want luxury and high-standard, and you’re three or more people, consider renting an apartment (apartments come with a kitchen too, allowing you to cook your own food). Airbnbs are good if you want a more local experience.

Either way, your place to stay with cozycozy , the accommodation search engine, where you’ll find hotels, hostels, Airbnbs and more.

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If you’re a long-term backpacker, or local experiences attract you, I suggest you try Couchsurfing as well. I have personally tried Couchsurfing in Europe and loved the experience. It is also possible to volunteer in Europe as an Indian. Use websites like WorldNomds and workaway.info to find volunteering options. Read my horse riding experience In Germany . If you’re planning to volunteer and travel, you only need to apply for a tourist visa.

Best Months For To Plan A Europe Trip From India

Honestly speaking, any time is a good time for Europe.

If you want more backpackers around and want to enjoy open/street cafes, summer is the best time. But remember that summer is the peak season for most countries in Europe, so expect more crowd and high prices wherever you go.

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If you want to experience Christmas markets in Europe and cosy indoor cafes, visit during winter. Daylight remains fairly limited during winter, but that doesn’t stop locals and tourists to enjoy the charms of Europe. Winter makes for a romantic time to travel in Europe.

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If you want to visit Europe in the off-season (though there’s nothing like an off-season for Europe, but only fewer tourists around) visit during monsoon. Unlike in India, it only drizzles in Europe. The rain never stops any movement in Europe.

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What To Carry From India For A Europe Trip

Wondering what to carry for your Europe trip? My advice: Not too many things.

Taxis are expensive in Europe. You may have to walk. Chances are, you are moreover going to shop in Europe, so don’t carry too much.

For a trip lasting one week or more, this is what I suggest you carry:

  • 3-6 pairs of T-shirts
  • 2-3 Paris of party wear shirts
  • 4 bottoms or pants
  • Ankle boots
  • 1 sweater/fleece (for all seasons)
  • Thermals and a heavy jacket (for winter)
  • Sunglasses (for summer and spring)
  • Waterproof jacket (for monsoon)
  • 5-6 pairs of socks
  • Medications and first-aid kit
  • Basic Toiletry

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9 Tips For How To Plan A Europe Trip From India

  • Use websites like Musement, GetYourGuide, Klool and Viator to book group tours in Europe.
  • Don’t try to explore too many destinations in a short frame of time. You will end up missing the essence of the place.
  • Learn some local phrases. Eg. people in France will behave much nicely if you start the conversation in French and then gradually switch to English. Same with Germans or Italians or Czech.
  • The standard voltage in Europe is 230V and the frequency is 50HZ which is the same in India but the socket type varies. I advise you to buy an international converter to be able to use it worldwide. You can buy a converter in most airports around the world.
  • Your Indian sim card is either not going to work or charge you hefty amounts for international roaming. Solution? Buy a local sim-card, or get an international sim-card. Matrix, UniConnect and WorldSIM are some of the top international sim-card providers.
  • Almost all tourist towns in Europe organise a free-walking tour. Ask the local tourist information center about the timing and the starting point. Walking tours are great to get to know about a city and even make some friends if you’re travelling solo.
  • I understand that the first Euro trip is always about seeing the maximum number of countries, so be it. The only advice is don’t just stick to visiting big towns, rather, explore a bit of countryside too. It is the countryside in Europe that makes it more romantic and beautiful.
  • Though most people say the contrary, I find tipping in Europe isn’t mandatory — especially in Western Europe. If you do not have the money or don’t like the service, it’s okay to not tip at a restaurant or at a bar. The waiters are not going to frown upon you, as they otherwise do in India.
  • Euro is the standard currency across all Schengen countries. Rather than carrying cash, I suggest you carry a travel card. An International travel card works similar to your Bank Debit Card in India — just transfer funds from your bank account to your travel card, and voila. Refill when the funds are exhausted. Countries that have their own currency like Hungary and the Czech Republic happily accept Euros everywhere.

I understand the process of how to plan a Europe trip from India can feel daunting, especially for the first-timers. But after a few trips, you automatically start understanding the continent better. Which bus service is the cheapest? How to find a free walking tour? How to survive in Europe as a vegan. All these learning come to you naturally. But whether you travel Europe as a rookie or as a savvy traveller, any time spent in Europe makes for a beautiful memory.

Also read: How To Travel World Without Money

That’s all in this blog on how to plan a Europe trip from India. If you have more questions, ask me in the comments below.

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Great work! Me and my husband are planning our first Europe trip and were just looking out for this kinda content 🙂

It would be great if you can share the locations to book an accommodation in Paris, Amsterdam and Rome.. thanks!

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Great blog MR Dev and i am travelling europe may be with in 2-3year acc to this pandamic and full support from me brother love u love from UP And also great explanation of blog

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Hi Dev, Very nice and helpful blog I must say. I am planning to visit Europe maybe next year.. depending upon the pandemic situation. Thanks for this post. I will surely consider the points you have listed before planning the trip.

Stay safe and thank you

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Thanks Shweta. Stay safe \/

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Very nice and detailed blog. I am planning to visit Europe from Delhi India in 2021. Useful suggestions.

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Hi dev, u did a fabulous job bro.. I needed ur help to plan my Europe trip as I am traveling along with my wife, as I am holding a budget of bout 3..4 lacs frm, “India” for about 3-4 weeks of trip. I just wanted to know from where to begin & where to end.. Like serial wise..

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Europe Tour Packages

Ask anyone with wanderlust about the best continent to travel to in the world and the probability of Europe being the answer is quite high. Blessed with some of the most picturesque countries, Europe is a delight for tourists. Europe is the most visited continent by tourists in the world. Each year more than 500 million travelers choose Europe trips. Rich in history, the monuments across Europe are awe-inspiring. The culinary experience Europe offers is second to none and the culture makes the trip all the more enriching. The continent is not just frequented by honeymooners due to its beautiful and romantic sights but also by retired couples who want to create some beautiful memories. Some of the most popular countries that you can cover in Europe tours are Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, France, Austria, Turkey, Spain, Germany, etc. However, what stops many people from fulfilling their dream trip is not finding budget-friendly Europe tour packages . Well, fret not and start booking for your most memorable Europe trip since we are providing more than 200 trending Europe tour packages starting as low as Rs. 33,900. Our Europe tourism packages are designed in a way that every traveler who has been longing for one such tour can afford the tickets without compromising on their dream vacation. Discover an array of itineraries and choose from Europe tour packages with or without flights, with or without cruises. Theme based Europe holiday packages are also available from SOTC such as Youth Special, International Winter, International Cruise, Customizable Packages, Private Journeys. To assist you in planning your trip to Europe, SOTC has an extensive range of most attractive offers including " Get Upto INR 1,05,000 off Early Bird Discount per family* "!

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Most popular europe tour packages.

  • Plan Your Europe Trip

Quick Facts About Europe

Best time to visit europe.

  • How to reach Europe

Visa Process information

  • Best Places to Visit in Europe
  • Things to Do in Europe

Foods to Eat in Europe

  • Best Restaurants in Europe

Ideal Places for a Honeymoon in Europe

Best places for shop in europe.

  • Europe COVID Guidelines

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Europe as a continent has a generally temperate climate; however, due to the vast spread of the land, the best time to visit Europe might vary based on which part of Europe you are visiting. You can also visit countries such as Switzerland all year round since the Alps remain constantly covered by snow. For Italy, the enjoyable months are April to June and September to October . The same period can be held true for Paris and most of France. Mediterranean lands such as Greece can be visited anytime between April to October. You can find more details when planning Europe trip packages on the SOTC website so that you can make an informed decision.

*Note: Christmas market cities & ski towns will have higher prices during winter

How to reach Europe?

  • By Train
  • By Road

Air connectivity is amongst the fastest and easiest way to reach Europe. Also, in all the Europe tour packages, flights are included. There are several international airports in Europe, and you can find direct flights to most destinations without much transit. Even though taking connecting flights can save you a bit of money and bring down your European tours cost, you should try to keep the travel time to a minimum. There are also plenty of local flights that you can take after de-boarding at an international airport to reach your destination easily.

Europe has an excellent train network and you can easily cross international borders by trains heading from one country to another. It is recommended that if you are visiting several countries, you can land at an international airport and continue your journey on the train. Some of the notable trains can be Italian Frecciarossa, Thalys, French TGV, Eurostar, and German ICE. You can also take trains such as EUrail or the Inter Rail that travel to as many as 18 countries and run across the entire continent. Train journeys can make your Europe travel much easier within the continent.

Road travel is usually recommended when you have already reached your destination city. There, you can hire taxis to travel between hotels and various tourist spots. You can enjoy the sights of the countryside while traveling on the roads and also take breaks according to your convenience. 

To travel to most countries in the European Union, you can apply for a Schengen Visa which covers 26 countries. Once you have applied for the Schengen visa and have received the same, you can proceed to travel to any of these 26 countries through the common visa. You can apply for the tourist Schengen visa up to three months prior to the scheduled journey and should do so at least 15 days before the journey. Once you have gathered your required documents including visa application form, two recent passport photographs, valid passport, round-trip itinerary, travel health insurance, proof of accommodation, letter of tour organizer, proof of financial means, and travel itinerary, you can submit your application. It should be done at the embassy, consulate, or visa center of the destination country. Once you book and attend the visa interview, you can get your visa in 10 working days; however, it may take longer. You can also look for the Europe tourism packages on the SOTC website to find the one that includes visas.

Best Places to visit in Europe

There is no dearth of places to visit in Europe, no matter which country you are traveling to. Here are some of the most visited countries along with their best places to visit in Europe  that are mostly included in the Europe tour packages.

Switzerland

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Mount Alps is one of the main attractions for which people choose Europe as their destination.  You can indulge in snow activities in cities such as Zurich, Interlaken, and Lucerne. This beautiful country houses several lakes, scenic landscapes, hiking trails, and mountains blanketed by snow. The trip will get over but the memories of these beautiful places will remain in your heart forever and you will only thank yourself for taking a Europe trip package.

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European tours without France are just not complete. After all, France houses the iconic and most-visited Eiffel Tower in Paris. And apart from that, there are so many things to see during France tours. You can witness several marvels in France such as the Tour de France, Louvre, Montmartre, and many more. You must visit Paris if you want to see the latest fashion trend. Also, do not forget to indulge in some shopping to complete Europe holidays.

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While choosing your European tour package, make sure you add Italy to it. The country is known for its rich historical past and the various popular cities like Rome, Pisa, Venice, and Naples. You can witness many architectural wonders in these cities as well as experience the unique customs of the land. And yes, the most loved Italian cuisine is a must try without which your European tours cannot be completed.

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From its glorious history to its attractive coastline, and magnificent architecture, everything about this country is great. You will come across several heritage sites, museums, and beautiful islands in Greece. You can visit Mykonos here to experience the nightlife which you may have never experienced before, as it will add more fun to the Europe tours.

Apart from these popular choices, there are a plethora of other fabulous destinations in Europe that you can explore and which are also included in most of the Europe tour packages. To find out more details about such destinations and create a tentative itinerary, you can head to SOTC. You can browse through bespoke itineraries and book from Europe tour packages from India at attractive prices.

Top Things to do in Europe

Europe is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful continents with splendid sites and rich cultural heritage. This makes all European tours a great opportunity to indulge yourself in some of the most memorable experiences available here. Here are some of the top suggestions that you may consider while choosing through the Europe tourism packages.

View the mesmerizing Northern Lights in Iceland

Click endless photos with your bae at the eiffel tower, take a thermal bath in budapest, appreciate the architecture of the colosseum in rome, have spine-chilling skiing experience in the alps, witness the splendid sunrise from the top of reichstag in berlin, enjoy the canal tour in venice, live the history of athens, attend the opera shows in vienna.

Northern lights or Aurora borealis is one of the most fascinating things to cover in the European tours. You will be able to see several colorful lights in the sky and the view is mesmerizing. To experience this one of a kind thing, you have to visit the southern edge of the Arctic Circle. The best time to experience this is during the winter season.

Paris is a major inclusion destination in the majority of the Europe tour packages. This means, you should keep your DSLR ready to click as many photos as you can. As a matter of fact, when you are around the Eiffel Tower, you must take pictures so that you can cherish the memories later. So, make sure you choose from the Europe tourism packages that have Paris included in it.

When you have chosen from the Europe tour packages that have Budapest added to it, you must prepare yourself for a relaxing thermal bath. Budapest has around 120 hot springs and the majority of them date back to the 16th century. These hot springs have medicinal properties and are believed to be very good for skin issues. These hot springs are available throughout the year. Apart from the thermal bath, you can also go for a massage treatment here.

Roman Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre is one of the most popular attractions in the world and you cannot miss visiting this during European tours. The monument is more than 200 years old and visiting this structure will take you to the era of the Roman Empire. It is one of the largest amphitheaters which was inaugurated in the 80 AD.

If you are planning to visit Switzerland as a part of Europe tourism package, one of the memorable activities there is skiing in the majestic Alps. After enjoying your fill of Swiss chocolates, it is time to head to the pristine snow-covered Alps and enjoy skiing there. Skiing is suitable for everyone whether they are experienced in the sport or have never participated in skiing ever before. When booking Europe tours, you can include destinations such as the Jungfrau region, Interlaken and St.Moritz.

The home of the German parliament, the Reichstag has seen many changing phases of Berlin. Watching the sunrise from the top of Reichstag is one of the most featured activities of European tours, featuring Berlin. If you have included an overnight stay while booking Europe packages, you can easily witness this once in a lifetime view. 

The Venetian waterfront is home to some of the most iconic views from many Europe tourism packages and while you are there, one of the best ways to spend your time is to take a boat tour on the grand canal. Truly, it features prominently in the must-visit list for many travelers embarking on European tours. The ride takes approximately an hour and gives you an amazing insight view of the most famous landmarks of Venice and it is one of the best ways to explore Venice as part of Europe tourism.

Named after the Greek Goddess of wisdom, Athena, the city of Athens is one of the most visited destinations of Europe tourism packages. What makes this destination stand out from the rest is the immense historical connection you can feel to the magnificent Greek culture. You can explore the city on foot traveling along the beautiful streets of Plaka and pay homage to the King of Gods, Zeus at the otherworldly temple. Along the way, you can enjoy the various delicacies, missing out on which can leave all Europe tours incomplete.

One of the gems of Europe tourism, Vienna is one of the most popular European destinations which is rich in culture. This is why many Europe trips prominently feature Vienna and include watching opera at the State Opera House or Staatsoper. It is a mecca among opera aficionados and has had the honor of housing some of the most famous opera composers Mozart and Strauss.

Well, these are just a few things to do in Europe and the list is extensive. While you are on Europe trips, you can come across a heap of things and have a wonderful vacationing experience. You can choose whether to opt for an adventure or a calming experience.

Your Europe trip is not complete without having soul-satiating food. Whichever country you are visiting, you will find their traditional cuisines. So, let us see the cuisines that you can try in various European countries.

Greece – Gyros

Switzerland – cheese fondue, france – escargots, italy – pizza.

Pronounced as “Yeh-ros”, this delicacy comes from the Mediterranean nation of Greece. The dish consists of rotisserie-cooked pork or chicken meat served along with Tzatziki sauce, onion, tomato, and French fries. You may find it served in the pitta bread or on a platter, based on where you are having it.

Apart from chocolate, one of the most famous food ingredients from Switzerland is the delicious cheese. If you visit Switzerland you can find it commonly, especially during the winter. The cheese is melted and kept in the center from which bread can be dipped using long forks and then eaten.

Snails might not be your idea of an appetizer, but snails cooked in parsley and garlic butter are a delicacy that most French people swear by. The edible snails are also a great source of protein and it was once widely eaten all over Europe. Today you might spot it in many fine dining restaurants in France.

Pizza hardly needs an introduction, but one of the best ways to enjoy this Italian food is in its homeland. You can explore several styles of pizzas in Italy as many Italian cities have their unique way of making them.

There are innumerable dishes such as Haggis from Scotland, to Paella from Spain that deserves to be experienced. The great thing about a Europe tour is that you can satiate your taste buds with local flavors no matter your destination.

Best Restaurants in Europe  

For those who have their heart set out on tasting the gastronomic delights of Europe, there are some treasured restaurants to try out during your europe tour. Although a thorough list is impossible to put together due to the sheer number of restaurants in Europe, here is a take on the select few that you must not miss.

Spain - El Celler de Can Roca

Denmark – roma, austria – steirereck, italy – piazza duomo.

The restaurant with three Michelin stars is one of the best places in Spain to taste Catalan cuisine. The menu is an absolute treat to the senses with a tasting menu that has unmatched visual appeal. It also has a strong focus on sustainability and therefore garners even more respect.

With a flavor of seasonal Nordic cuisine, Roma is one of the most prized restaurants in Europe and focuses on dishes made of local Scandinavian ingredients. It has topped four times the list of the world’s top 50 restaurants. So, if the Europe trips consist of Denmark, ensure you visit Roma as well.

Set in the heart of the beautiful city of Vienna, this beautiful restaurant has a majestic view of the river Wien. It specializes in the food influences and flavors of the Styrian region brought out by the local ingredients.

The vision of the Michelin star chef Enrico Crippa has made the food at this restaurant transcend the realm of mere food. You can taste the rare white truffle dishes here which the Piedmont region, where the restaurant is located, is famous for. 

In each of these restaurants, you can have the opportunity to savor the culinary delights of that region which is an integral part of the culture. You can choose several other restaurants that can easily fit any budget in the country that you are visiting; however, having a reservation at popular restaurants is much recommended.

If you are looking for honeymoon destinations in Europe, consider these places as they are  some of the most romantic cities on this continent where you can make memories with your better half. You can even customize Europe tour packages as per your preferences.

Rome is the perfect place for a couple that loves exploring historical places. Once you are here, a tour of the Colosseum is a must since it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You can next visit Venice to witness the Sistine Chapel. You must take as many pictures of St. Peter’s square as you can. And do not forget to throw a coin at the Trevi fountain, making a wish.

The “City of Love”, as it is called; a visit to Paris must be there on your bucket list. You can enjoy some of the most romantic sights here. The ambiance of the city will make you fall in love over and over again. Make sure you click pictures at the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre Museum, shop at the Champs-Élysées, and spend an evening at the Moulin Rouge.

The beautiful island of Santorini is a unique Greek island that will add more charm to your honeymoon. The white buildings and blue water with absolute warm hospitality at the hotels here make Santorini one of the most sought-after honeymoon places in Europe.

The water babies can blindly choose Madeira as their honeymoon destination. Indulging in water skiing, surfing in the Atlantic, and exploring the underwater nature reserves at the Garajau coastline, you can do so many things here.

The “City of Music”, Vienna is closely associated with the art of Europe. You can take a walk at the largest musical park of Stadtpark, take a tour of the largest open-air food market in Naschmarkt, and try some quality wines at Viennese vino.

As the honeymoon is one of the special times that you will be spending with your special someone, you must take care of all the little details. Apart from these romantic destinations, you can explore the attractive SOTC Europe tourism packages with an appealing bouquet of destinations. 

No matter which of the Europe tourism packages you opt for, you must dedicate some time for the simple pleasure of shopping in Europe. Many European cities are hailed as world-famous shopping destinations and you can pick up some outstanding goods while also enjoying the aimless hunt for mementos. Here are the best shopping destinations that most Europe tours offer.

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If there is a city in the world that has fashion floating in the air, the place can be none other than Milan in Italy. While traveling through Europe as part of European tours, Milan is an important pitstop if you are fond of fashionable apparel and accessories. Many famous designer brands including Valentino, Prada, and Gucci have luxurious boutiques in the city and you can visit venues such as Via Montenapoleone, Corso Venezia, and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.

Shopping while on Europe travel takes an entirely new meaning when visiting Paris, arguably the fashion capital of Europe. There are several luxurious brands that have stores in Paris and you can find many of them at Faubourg Saint-Honore and Boulevard Haussmann.

One of the liveliest shopping destinations that you can ever encounter while on Europe tours, Barcelona is also famous for its shopping district. You can find magnificent and luxurious retail stores from several well-known brands across the world. The well-known shopping places in Barcelona that you can visit during your Europe travel are Plaza Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, and Portal de L’Angel.

Many Europe tourism packages  prominently feature Switzerland, and if you happen to visit this beautiful country, Geneva is where you should head for a  great shopping experience. Geneva happens to be one of the most expensive shopping destinations that you might encounter during Europe tours. The notable shopping venues include Rue de Rhone, Rue de Marche, Rue des Alpes, and the most famous Bon Genie - Grider.

The magnificent capital of Germany can be easily found in many Europe tourism packages, not only for its scenic and historical significance but also for the amazing shopping experience. When visiting Berlin as part of European tours, you might not find any particular shopping districts; however, shopping streets such as Kurfürstendamm, Tauentzienstrasse, Friedrichstrasse, and Potsdamer Platz are great places to find stores from several well-known brands.

Europe Covid Guidelines

Just like other continents, Europe too is opening its doors to welcome international travelers post the COVID19 travel restrictions. As you traverse through Europe, you would notice that most countries in Europe have agreed to adhere to a common approach to COVID guidelines and you can see collaboration between the countries to that effect. You can refer to the updated International Travel Guidelines at SOTC before you choose from the Europe tourism.

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How much will Europe tours cost?

A: The Europe tour packages of course depend on the number of days you are choosing to explore the continent. For 7 nights and 8 days, the Europe trip package from India will be around INR 1,91,531. For 14 nights and 15 days, the Europe tourism packages from India will be around INR 2,88,699.

What is the best time to visit Europe?

A: You can travel to Europe any time of the year. However, the best months are between July and September . Around these months of the year, you will find the beaches warm and the weather sunny. Therefore, before you choose from the European packages, you will not have to think much.

What are the best places to visit in Europe?

A: Some of the best places to visit in Europe are Rome, Barcelona, Florence, Galway, Nice, Paris, Madeira, Malta, etc. You will find many of these places added to various Europe tourism packages. Therefore, when choosing from the Europe packages, you can look for the places that you would like to visit.

What are popular European foods?

Which are the famous shopping destinations in europe, is choosing europe a good decision for a honeymoon.

A: Europe tours have been a dream for many people. And choosing the continent for your honeymoon can never be the wrong idea. However, you have to choose the places carefully so that you do not miss out on any kind of fun during Europe travel. For that, you can go through the Europe tourism packages on the SOTC website that include the best places in Europe that are perfect for a honeymoon.

How many days are enough for Europe trips?

A: There is not just one Europe trip package. You can come across several Europe tour packages. Some of them include 6 nights and 7 days, while others include 13 nights and 14 days. It totally depends upon the time you have in hand and the places you are choosing to visit. Accordingly, you can pick one of the European packages and book it.

Do I need a visa to go to Europe?

A: Yes, to visit Europe, Indian passport holders can get Schengen visa. With this visa, they can visit any of the 26 countries on the continent. Indians can get this visa for up to 90 days of stay. In case of any confusion, you can get in touch with a tour operator as you book a Europe trip package from SOTC.

How do I start a trip to Europe?

A: One of the very first requirements to start Europe tours would be choosing one of the Europe tour packages that cover the countries that you wish to visit. Then you can proceed to finalize the itinerary, duration of stay, accommodation options, dates of travel, ticket booking, and finally visa application by checking out all the Europe packages.

Which travel agency is best in India for Europe tours?

A: To get the best Europe tour packages, you can visit the SOTC website. As you visit the website of SOTC, you will come across a long list of Europe tourism packages from which you can choose the Europe trip package that you find the best. Also, the Europe packages you find on SOTC’s website are available at the most affordable prices and include many countries and destinations.

How can I go to Europe from India?

A: One of the easiest ways to get started with Europe holidays from India is via air . You can find many flights flying to several countries in Europe, making Europe travel easy. And as you book one from the Europe tourism packages, you will find flights included in it.

Which European country is best for Indian travelers?

A: Italy, Iceland, Netherlands, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Austria, Denmark, Norway, France, Malta, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and Belgium are considered among the top picks for Indian travelers. Almost all of these countries are included in the Europe tourism packages that you can find on the SOTC website. You can go for the Europe holiday packages that have the countries added that you wish to visit.

Which country gives visas easily in Europe?

A: Instead of individual visas to the countries, several European countries opt for the Schengen Visa which covers 26 European countries. You can apply for the visa at any of the participating country’s embassy, consulate, or visa offices that you will be visiting and spending the most time in. You can also choose from the Europe tour packages in which a visa will be included. You can find several European packages on the website of SOTC that come with visas.

What do SOTC Europe tour packages include?

A: The SOTC Europe tour packages include flights, hotels, sightseeing, visa expenses, and meals. You may find some of the Europe tourism packages in which visas may not be included and flights are optional. You may even customize some of the European packages.

What are the steps for booking Europe tour packages from SOTC?

A: Booking a Europe trip package from SOTC is the easiest thing you can do. You first need to visit the SOTC’s website and go to the International Holidays tab. Now as you click on it, you will find Europe Tour Packages. You have to click on it to find a list of Europe packages. You can choose the Europe trip package that you find the best.

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Planning for a Europe trip from India is an incredible experience that offers a fascinating mix of cultures, landscapes, and experiences. Europe’s beauty is an awesome blend of natural beauty and human art. Its varied landscapes span from the rough cliffs of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way to the Mediterranean’s scenic beaches. Architectural masterpieces such as the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and Prague’s ancient cities mesmerises ageless elegance. The cultural richness of Europe, from Renaissance art in Florence to classical music in Vienna, adds to its attractiveness. The region is dotted with charming villages, rolling vineyards, and stunning castles. Europe’s beauty rests not only in its breath-taking scenery and history but also in its welcoming embrace of its different cultures and traditions. Not to forget different European cuisines that are waiting to get tasted like Pizza, British breakfast, bread pretzels and a lot more.

Read more: 5 Essential To-Do’s Before You Travel Abroad

Guide on How to Plan for a Europe Trip from India

Europe trip from India is a thrilling adventure, but it demands proper planning to ensure a pleasant and memorable experience. Here’s a step-by-step approach to planning your European vacation:

  • Getting an International SIM : Getting an International Roaming pack from Airtel can prove to be useful as our plans begin from Rs 133/day. Also, buying a local SIM can bring in multiple hassles of submitting your personal documents to the local operator and so on. So, choose an Airtel International Roaming pack and enjoy unlimited connectivity across borders.
  • Choose your destinations : Because Europe is big and diverse, begin by deciding which countries or cities you want to see. Consider your hobbies, your budget, and the length of your vacation. France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland are all popular vacation locations.
  • Ease of Communication : You’ll have an Indian phone number with a native Indian SIM card, making it easier for residents and businesses to contact you. It also allows you to make local calls without paying exorbitant prices.
  • Mobile Data Access: Mobile data access is required for navigating, getting local information, and staying connected via social media and messaging apps. A local SIM card gives you access to low-cost data plans, ensuring you’re constantly connected when you need it.
  • Top-Up Flexibility: If you run out of data or need extra call credit while in India, topping up your balance is a simple process. Indian providers’ top-up vouchers and mobile apps make it simple to recharge your SIM card.
  • Dual SIM Phones: Dual SIM card slots are increasingly common in many smartphones. If your phone supports dual SIM cards, you can use your European SIM card to receive calls and texts from home while utilizing your Indian SIM card for local communication and data.
  • In an emergency, having a native Indian SIM card allows you to immediately call local emergency services such as the police or medical aid without any language hurdles.
  • Purchase Convenience: Indian SIM cards are widely available at airports, mobile phone stores, and even street kiosks. The procedure of obtaining one is usually simple and requires little evidence, such as a copy of your passport and a photograph.
  • Prepaid SIM Card alternatives: The Airtel international roaming pack for Europe provides a variety of prepaid SIM card alternatives, including tourist-specific deals. These plans frequently include data, local minutes, and even international calling minutes, making it easy to select a package that meets your requirements.

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We offer different international roaming plans, and you can choose any one of them that suits you the best. You can visit the Airtel website or the Thanks App and click on the ‘Airtel International Roaming Plans’ section. You need to select the country you are visiting first. Then enter your 10 digits mobile number and choose your international roaming pack.

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To conclude Europe trip from India provides access to a world of various cultures, historic treasures, and beautiful landscapes. From the charming alleys of Paris to the ancient ruins of Rome, and from Norway to the bustling markets of Istanbul, Europe has it all. It is a journey of discovery to explore its rich history, culinary delights, and artistic legacy. It is an opportunity to see heritage and contemporary interact in a culture of art. Such a journey not only broadens perspectives but also enriches the spirit with enduring memories and a greater appreciation for cultural exchanges.

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Book your dream Europe trip with our curated Europe Tour Packages and tick off this continent from your ultimate travel bucket list. Our exciting Europe Packages allow you to explore enchanting cities, breathtaking landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Our diverse Europe Trip Packages are designed to suit every traveler's preferences."

Whether you're drawn to the romantic charm of Paris, the historical grandeur of Rome, or the picturesque landscapes of Switzerland, our Europe packages offer a seamless travel experience. With accommodations, transportation, and guided tours included, you can immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Europe tours worry-free.

Indulge in delectable cuisines, wander through cobblestone streets, and marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and the Swiss Alps with our best Europe trip packages. From adventurous excursions to leisurely sightseeing, our Europe tour packages cater to all interests, ensuring an unforgettable journey across this mesmerizing continent.

Quick Facts For Europe Trip

Population : 742.2 million

Official language : The EU has 24 official languages - Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish

Currency : EURO (€) 1 EURO = ₹ 89.14

Time Zone : UTC−1 to UTC+5

Reasons To Book Europe Tour Packages

1. To Travel Hassle-Free : Let go of the stress associated with navigating Europe's complex public transport system. Instead, recline comfortably and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes while we meticulously handle all your travel arrangements, ensuring a seamless journey from start to finish with our Europe packages.

2. Avoid Language Barrier : Say goodbye to language barriers with our Europe travel packages, which come complete with proficient tour guides fluent in both local languages and English. Gather information about the monuments, know the art, bargain while shopping, and eat what you want without the language barrier hampering your experience

3. Customise as per your choice : WanderOn offers customisation of Europe Holiday packages as per the requirement of the traveller. So if you want to spend more time enjoying adventures in Switzerland and want to explore less of the historical charms in Rome, or perhaps watch a football match of your favorite European club, we got you covered! Enjoy a perfect Europe trip as we ensure your itinerary is perfectly tailored to your needs.

4. Experience diverse cultures : With the Europe vacation packages, get first-hand experience of the diverse cultures of Europe with our meticulously curated Europe trip packages. Be it a food tour, a chocolate-making session, or exploring the wineries of France, our Europe tour packages cater to every cultural exploration desire.

5. Participate in the festivals : After watching the famous Bollywood movie - ZNMD (Zindagi Na Mile Dobaara), many people dream of participating in La Tomatina in Spain. Fulfill your lifelong dreams of participating in renowned European festivals such as La Tomatina, Oktoberfest, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Light Festival, etc. With our specially crafted festival-specific Europe travel packages, you can experience these iconic events without breaking the bank, ensuring memories that last a lifetime.

6. Explore Major Landmarks : Europe is a vast continent with several countries. It is impossible to cover everything. And that is where our Best Europe tour packages come into the picture. Embark on a journey to discover the most iconic landmarks Europe has to offer with our comprehensive Europe trip packages. From the majestic peaks of Switzerland's Mt. Titlis to the iconic silhouette of France's Eiffel Tower, the enchanting vistas of Greece's Santorini, and the pulsating energy of Spain's Ibiza nightlife scene, our meticulously planned Europe itineraries ensure you tick off all the must-see attractions that are on the bucket list of every traveler going for a Europe Trip.

7. Get The Best Views of Northern Lights : With an experienced travel operator like WanderOn, travel to Europe and get the best experience of the northern lights. Drawing from our extensive experience, we guarantee an optimal viewing experience, guiding you to the best spots at the perfect time for an unforgettable encounter with this natural wonder. All you have to do is book your Europe trip with the best tour companies for Europe like WanderOn.

Transportation Tips For Europe Trip

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Traveling from India for Europe Tours offers numerous options, both direct and via connecting flights, catering to various preferences and budgets. Direct flights are available from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore to popular European destinations such as Paris, London, Rome, and Zurich. Airlines like Air India, Lufthansa, Emirates, and British Airways operate direct routes, providing convenience and efficiency for travelers.

For budget-conscious travelers taking up Europe travel packages, connecting flights offer an affordable alternative. By opting for connecting flights, passengers can often find cheaper fares while still reaching their desired European destination.

Connecting flights typically involve transits in hub cities such as Dubai, Doha, Istanbul, or Abu Dhabi before reaching European cities. Airlines like Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Etihad Airways frequently offer competitive fares for connecting flights from India for Europe packages.

Additionally, travelers can explore package deals offered by the best tour companies for Europe like WanderOn. These Europe tour packages often include flight bookings, accommodations, and other amenities, providing a hassle-free and cost-effective way to reach and explore Europe's diverse attractions, from iconic landmarks to scenic landscapes. Whether opting for direct flights or connecting routes, travelers from India have ample choices to embark on their European adventure.

Traveling Within Europe with Europe Travel Packages

Once you have entered Europe, there are various modes of travel included in your Europe tour packages, so that you can save time and money while exploring this vast continent. Here are a few ways to travel with Europe during your Europe holidays.

By Airways : Flying within Europe is quick, convenient, and often affordable with Europe trip packages. With a plethora of budget airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet, and Vueling, hopping from one European city to another has never been easier. These airlines offer frequent flights between major European hubs, allowing travelers to cover long distances in a matter of hours.

Whether you're jetting off from London to Paris for a romantic getaway or exploring the historical wonders of Rome and Barcelona, flying within Europe offers a hassle-free way to maximize your time and see more of this diverse continent.

By Roadways : Exploring Europe by road during your Europe tour packages is a delightful experience, offering the freedom to discover hidden gems off the beaten path. Renting a car or embarking on a road trip allows travelers to immerse themselves in the stunning landscapes and charming villages that Europe has to offer. With well-maintained highways and scenic routes, driving from one country to another is a fantastic way to soak in the sights and sounds of the continent at your own pace.

Europe also offers inter-country travel by bus which can be included in your Europe trip packages. The journey may take longer but is perfect for travelers with extremely tight budgets. Many of the bus companies offer a comfortable journey with Wi-Fi access and reclining seats. From the picturesque countryside of Tuscany to the dramatic cliffs of the Scottish Highlands, road-tripping in Europe promises unforgettable adventures and endless opportunities for exploration.

By Waterways : Cruising along Europe's waterways is a luxurious and relaxing way to see the continent's most iconic sights as mentioned in the best Europe travel packages. Whether you're gliding down the Danube River past fairytale castles or cruising through the Norwegian fjords, a river cruise offers a unique perspective on Europe's rich history and natural beauty.

For those seeking a more leisurely pace, canal boat holidays in destinations like France and the Netherlands allow travelers to meander through charming towns and picturesque countryside, stopping to sample local cuisine and wine along the way. With a variety of cruise options available, from intimate river ships to lavish ocean liners, exploring Europe by water promises an unforgettable journey filled with luxury, comfort, and adventure.

By Railways : Traveling by train is one of the most iconic and scenic ways to explore Europe, which makes it a must-participate experience in the top Europe tour packages. With an extensive network of high-speed trains, including the famous Eurostar, TGV, and InterCityExpress, getting around Europe by rail is fast, efficient, and eco-friendly.

Whether you're admiring the Swiss Alps from the comfort of a Glacier Express carriage or speeding through the picturesque countryside of Provence, train travel offers a front-row seat to Europe's breathtaking landscapes and historic landmarks.

For those looking to explore multiple countries, Eurail passes provide flexible and cost-effective options and can be included in your Europe travel packages, allowing travelers to hop on and off trains at their leisure. From bustling metropolises to charming villages, traveling by train in Europe is an unforgettable experience that promises adventure, romance, and discovery at every turn.

Visa Requirements/ Process For Indians Travelling To Europe

Traveling to Europe from India requires obtaining a Schengen visa, as most European countries are part of the Schengen Area. This area includes 27 countries that can be visited with this single visa with the Europe trip packages. Here's a simplified guide to the visa process for Indian travelers:

1. Determine Your Destination : First, decide which European countries you plan to visit, as this will determine where you apply for your Schengen visa. If you're visiting multiple countries, apply at the consulate or embassy of the country where you will spend the most time or your main destination.

2. Gather Required Documents : The next step is to gather the necessary documents for your visa application. Typical requirements include:

Passport: Valid for at least three months beyond your planned stay in the Schengen Area.

Visa Application Form: Fill out the Schengen visa application form accurately and completely.

Passport Photos: Recent passport-sized photos meeting Schengen visa photo requirements.

Travel Itinerary: Details of your Europe trip, including flight reservations, accommodation bookings, and planned activities.

Travel Insurance: Proof of travel insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation for the duration of your stay with a minimum coverage of €30,000.

Financial Documents: Bank statements, income tax returns, and proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Europe.

Proof of Accommodation: Hotel reservations, rental agreements, or a letter of invitation from a host if staying with friends or family.

Proof of Employment/Studies: Employment letter, leave approval, or student status certificate if applicable.

Cover Letter: A brief letter explaining the purpose of your visit, your itinerary, and how you will fund your trip.

3. Schedule an Appointment : Once you have all the required documents, schedule an appointment at the consulate or visa application center of the country where you will apply for your Schengen visa. Appointment scheduling procedures may vary depending on the country.

4. Attend the Visa Interview : On the day of your appointment, attend the visa interview at the consulate or visa application center. Be punctual and bring all your documents in the required format. The visa officer may ask you questions about your trip and verify your documents.

5. Pay the Visa Fee : Pay the applicable visa fee at the time of your appointment. Visa fees vary depending on the age of the applicant, the type of visa, and processing time.

6. Wait for Processing : After submitting your visa application and documents, wait for the processing time. Processing times may vary depending on the consulate and the time of year. It's advisable to apply for your visa well in advance of your planned travel dates.

7. Collect Your Visa : Once your visa application is processed, collect your passport with the stamped visa from the consulate or visa application center. Check the visa details to ensure they are accurate and match your travel plans.

By following these steps and meeting the visa requirements, Indian travelers can obtain a Schengen visa and embark on their Europe holidays with ease.

Best Time To Visit Europe

Planning when to book your Europe travel packages? Here's a simple guide to help you choose the best time to book your Europe vacation packages based on the seasons:

Spring (March to May) : Spring is a magical time to book Europe tour packages, with blooming flowers, mild temperatures, and fewer crowds compared to the peak summer season. March to May offers pleasant weather ideal for sightseeing, outdoor activities, and exploring the colorful landscapes. Witness the cherry blossoms in cities like Paris and Amsterdam, stroll through lush gardens in Italy or hike amidst Alpine meadows in Switzerland.

Summer (June to August) : Summer is the peak tourist season in Europe, offering long days, warm weather, and vibrant energy, making it an ideal time to book Europe trip packages. June to August is perfect for beach vacations, outdoor festivals, and cultural events. Experience the lively atmosphere of cities like Barcelona, Rome, and Athens, or bask in the sun on the stunning beaches of the French Riviera, Greek Islands, or Croatian coast. However, be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices during this popular season.

Autumn (September to November) : Autumn brings a magical transformation to Europe with changing foliage, harvest festivals, and mild weather. September to November offers pleasant temperatures and fewer tourists, making it an ideal time to explore historic sites, scenic landscapes, and wine regions. Witness the fall colors in the Bavarian Alps, taste fresh truffles in Tuscany, or attend Oktoberfest in Munich for a quintessential European experience with the best Europe tour packages.

Winter (December to February) : If you want to end the year witnessing the magical holiday season, book your Europe tour packages during this time. Winter in Europe offers a charming atmosphere with festive markets, snow-capped mountains, and cozy villages. December to February is perfect for experiencing Christmas markets, skiing in the Alps, and indulging in hearty cuisine. Explore the enchanting Christmas markets of Vienna and Prague, ski in the Swiss Alps or Austrian Tyrol, or admire the Northern Lights in Scandinavia for a memorable winter escape.

Choosing the Best Time for Your Europe Tours : The best time to visit Europe depends on your preferences and interests. If you enjoy warm weather and outdoor activities, consider visiting during the spring or summer months. For fewer crowds and picturesque landscapes, autumn offers a tranquil escape. Winter is perfect for festive celebrations, winter sports, and experiencing Europe's magical holiday atmosphere.

Ultimately, the best time to visit Europe varies depending on your desired activities, budget, and personal preferences. Whether you're seeking sunshine on the Mediterranean coast or festive cheer in European capitals, there's a perfect time for everyone to embark on their dream Europe trip.

Best Countries To Visit In Europe Trip

Booking your Europe Tour Packages can be overwhelming since this continent has so much to see. Whether you're interested in art and history, outdoor adventures, or culinary delights, our Europe holidays have something for everyone to enjoy and discover.

To help you, here is a list of some of the top destinations included in the best Europe tour packages.

1. France : One of the most popular countries in any Europe trip packages, France is a must-visit destination known for its iconic landmarks, rich culture, and exquisite cuisine. Explore the romantic streets of Paris, marvel at the stunning architecture of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, and wander through the charming villages of Provence. Indulge in mouthwatering pastries, fine wines, and gourmet cuisine, and immerse yourself in the art and history of this enchanting country.

2. Italy : Italy is a treasure trove of art, history, and natural beauty, offering something for every traveler with the best Europe tour packages. Explore the ancient ruins of Rome, wander through the picturesque canals of Venice, and admire the stunning art and architecture of Florence as included in your Europe trip packages. Indulge in delicious Italian cuisine, from fresh pasta and pizza to gelato and espresso, and soak in the breathtaking landscapes of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.

3. Switzerland : One of the most romantic destinations in the world, Switzerland is a must-included destination in the top Europe travel packages. Switzerland is renowned for its stunning landscapes, charming towns, and outdoor adventures. Explore the picturesque cities of Zurich, Geneva, and Lucerne, and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, and indulge in delicious Swiss chocolate and cheese. Don't miss the scenic train rides with the best Europe tour packages, including the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, for an unforgettable Swiss experience.

4. Greece : Greece is a captivating destination steeped in history, mythology, and natural beauty, making it a top choice for history buffs during their Europe tours. Explore the ancient ruins of Athens, including the Acropolis and Parthenon, and discover the stunning islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Crete with the best Europe trip packages. Relax on sun-drenched beaches, indulge in fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of this fascinating country.

5. Austria : Austria is a charming country known for its stunning architecture, classical music, and alpine landscapes. Explore the historic streets of Vienna with our Europe trip packages and visit the magnificent palaces of Schoenbrunn and Belvedere to attend a classical concert at the Vienna State Opera. Discover the picturesque towns of Salzburg and Innsbruck, nestled amidst the majestic Alps, and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

6. Czech Republic : The Czech Republic, home to the stunning city of Prague, is a must-visit destination in Europe travel packages. Explore the cobblestone streets of Prague's Old Town, marvel at the Gothic architecture of Prague Castle, and stroll across the historic Charles Bridge. Don't miss the opportunity to taste traditional Czech cuisine, including hearty dishes like goulash and dumplings, and enjoy a pint of world-famous Czech beer in a local pub.

7. Spain : Relive your favorite scenes from the famous Bollywood movies while taking a road trip in Spain with the best Europe tours. Spain is a vibrant and diverse country known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and lively culture. Explore the bustling streets of Barcelona, visit the iconic Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, and relax on the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol. Discover the historic neighborhoods of Madrid, indulge in delicious tapas and paella, and experience the colorful festivals and flamenco performances that make Spain truly unique. And if you are a football fan, surely this country is top on your bucket list for the Europe trip.

8. Hungary : Hungary, with its charming capital city of Budapest, offers a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Explore the historic Buda Castle, soak in the healing waters of the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and admire the stunning views from Fisherman's Bastion, all with our top Europe trip packages. Take a cruise along the Danube River, sample traditional Hungarian dishes like goulash and lángos, and experience the vibrant nightlife of Budapest's ruin bars with our best Europe travel packages.

9. Slovakia : Slovakia is a hidden gem and a must-visit country in the Central Europe tour packages, known for its breathtaking landscapes, medieval castles, and charming towns. Explore the fairytale-like village of Čičmany, hike through the scenic Tatra Mountains, and visit the majestic Spiš Castle with the Europe trip packages. Discover the historic capital city of Bratislava, stroll along the picturesque streets of the Old Town, and sample traditional Slovak cuisine, including hearty soups and savory dumplings.

10. Germany : Germany is a diverse and dynamic country with a rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes. Explore the historic streets of Berlin, visit iconic landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall, and enjoy world-class museums and galleries with our best Europe tour packages. Discover the charming medieval towns of Bavaria, including Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Nuremberg, and indulge in delicious German cuisine, from hearty sausages and pretzels to mouthwatering schnitzel and strudel.

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12. Denmark : If you want to go someplace off-beat with your Europe travel packages, then Denmark is a place to go. Denmark, known for its picturesque landscapes, charming cities, and rich Viking history, is a delightful destination to explore. Discover the fairytale-like city of Copenhagen, with its colorful Nyhavn waterfront, historic Tivoli Gardens, and iconic Little Mermaid statue. Immerse yourself in Danish culture, indulge in delicious Nordic cuisine, and explore the beautiful countryside dotted with castles, beaches, and picturesque islands.

13. Norway : One of the best Scandinavian countries to visit with our Europe tours, Norway is a land of stunning natural beauty, with majestic fjords, rugged mountains, and breathtaking landscapes at every turn. Explore the vibrant city of Oslo, visit the historic Bryggen Wharf in Bergen, and marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Norwegian fjords. Experience outdoor adventures like hiking, skiing, and whale watching, and immerse yourself in Norwegian culture, folklore, and traditions.

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15. Finland : The best place to visit on your Europe tours during your Christmas vacations is the magical land of Finland, where fairytales come alive. Finland is a land of contrasts, with vibrant cities, pristine wilderness, and unique cultural experiences waiting to be discovered. Explore the vibrant capital city of Helsinki, visit the iconic Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and immerse yourself in Finnish design and architecture. Discover the natural wonders of Finland's Lapland region, including the Northern Lights, reindeer sleigh rides, and husky safaris, and experience the unique Finnish sauna culture.

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17. Belgium : Belgium is a charming and picturesque country known for its medieval cities, delicious cuisine, and world-renowned chocolate and beer. Explore the historic city of Bruges, with its cobbled streets, canals, and medieval architecture. Discover the vibrant capital city of Brussels, home to the iconic Atomium and grand Guildhalls of the Grand Place. Indulge in mouthwatering Belgian waffles, fries, and chocolates, and sample the diverse selection of Belgian beers at local breweries, with our Europe trip packages including Belgium.

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So how do you actually travel to Europe from India?

Planning a trip to Europe can be a daunting task, especially if you are travelling from India.

With so many different countries and cultures to explore, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Fortunately, with some careful planning and research, it is possible to have a seamless and enjoyable travel experience when visiting Europe from India.

It doesn’t matter if you are planning a solo trip to Europe or a family holiday, we have got you covered!

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about visiting Europe and planning your trip. By the end of this article, you will be confident about anything a trip to Europe could throw at you.

Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned pro, this guide will help you navigate all the ins and outs of travelling to Europe from India.

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How much does a Europe trip cost from India?

Unfortunately, there is not a direct answer to this question, as the cost of a European trip from India will depend on a number of factors, including the length and type of travel, the time of year you plan to visit, and your budget preferences.

A budget-conscious traveller can expect to spend around $1000, whereas those who are seeking a more luxurious trip can spend upwards of $10,000 for a trip to Europe from India.

How much does a Europe trip cost from India? it depends on where you are going and your budget

If you are looking for a more affordable option, there are many budget-friendly travel packages available that can help you plan an exciting and memorable trip at an affordable price.

These packages may include basic transportation, accommodation, and activities such as sightseeing tours.

There are a lot of great tours around, but if you want to save money, it is best to book everything yourself .

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When is the best time to visit Europe from India?

Most will instantly say the summertime (June-early September)

Without a doubt, the summer months are the most popular time to plan a trip to Europe.

when is the best time to visit Europe from India? For many it is the summertime so you can enjoy the refreshing oceans and beaches

However, it does depend on your preference. And planning your trip from India to Europe will be a lot more expensive during the summer.

Your visit during the warmer summer months will be filled with plenty of festivals and outdoor activities all across the continent. Or you might want to opt for winter to see the festive decorations and enjoy some of the cosy, winter-inspired activities on offer.

The best time to visit Europe does depend on what you want out of your trip. But if you want warm weather and cheaper prices , I recommend visiting in April , May/ early June.

The best way to get to Europe from India

There are a number of different ways to travel to Europe from India for your travels.

If you’re looking for the most affordable and fastest option, consider taking one of the many low-cost airlines that operate between India and various European cities.

These airlines include WOW Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and IndiGo.

Flying is the best way to explore the sites of Europe on a trip from India

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What is the best way to tour Europe?

There are countless ways to explore this beautiful continent.

Whether you prefer a luxury tour bus with all the comforts of home, an adventurous solo backpacking trip through the countryside, or anything in between, there is something for everyone when it comes to travelling around Europe.

There are a few different ways to travel between countries. One option is to fly from one destination to another.

This can be a quick and easy way to get around, but it can also be expensive.

Flying, Train, Rental Car and Buses are a few of the best ways to tour and explore Europe

The most popular option is to take the train. This can be a great way to see the countryside and meet other travellers, but it isn’t always the fastest way.

One of the most popular ways to tour Europe by train is by using an interrail pass.

There are so places in Europe like the Balkans and Greece where getting the train can be hard work, so to make your life easier, take a local bus or hire a car.

I hire a car for most of my trips to Europe, it’s a great way to save money and see a lot of places in a short amount of time.

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How to plan a solo trip to Europe from India

Solo travelling to Europe can be a long and expensive journey- But it’s worth it!

It can also be a bit daunting, especially if you’re not used to it. If you’re thinking of taking a solo trip from India to Europe, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind before you go:

✅ Start by researching the visa requirements for both countries. Indian citizens will need to apply for a Schengen visa in order to enter Europe

✅Make sure you do your research and pick a destination that you’re comfortable exploring on your own. Places like Copenhagen have epic tours and I find it easy to visit alone.

✅ Start planning your itinerary and booking your accommodation and transport in advance. If you’re on a budget, look for hostels or Couchsurfing, they are fantastic options!

✅ Make sure you have a good travel insurance policy in place.

✅ Check you have all vaccinations that you may need for visiting Europe

✅ Learn a few key phrases to use at the destinations you are visiting.

✅ Share your plans with a family member or friend so someone knows where you are.

✅ Grab a beer and check out the best places to eat in Europe

Planning a couples trip to Europe from India

So how do you travel to Europe from India as a Couple? – pretty easily!

Couples travelling from India to Europe for the first time often have a lot of questions. How do you plan an efficient and cost-effective trip? What are the best places to visit? And how can you make the most of your time together?

Here are a few tips to help you plan the perfect couple’s trip from India to Europe:

✅Choose your destinations carefully. Do some research and decide on a few must-see sights.

If you are looking for Europe’s most romantic places to visit, take a look at this guide

✅ Then, start planning your route. Look for flights and accommodations that suit your budget and schedule.

✅ Take a look at what visa options you need and if you need any vaccinations

✅ Once you’ve got the basics sorted, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll do on your trip.

✅ Make a list of activities that both of you will enjoy, and try to include something for every taste.

Applying for a Schengen Visa

If you’re visiting Europe from India, you’ll need to apply for a Schengen Visa .

The Schengen Visa is a short-term travel visa that allows you to visit any of the 26 Schengen countries for up to 90 days . The visa is valid for six months from the date of issue, and you can apply for it up to three months before your trip .

The process is relatively simple, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, make sure you have all the necessary documents.

You’ll need your passport, as well as evidence of travel insurance and proof of financial means. You’ll also need to fill out the Schengen Visa application form and submit it, along with the other required documents, to the consulate or embassy of the country you’re visiting.

Once your application is processed, you’ll be issued a visa that allows you to travel freely within the Schengen Area for up to 90 days . So don’t forget to apply for your Schengen Visa before planning your trip to Europe from India!

How To Book Accommodation In Europe

It doesn’t matter if you are on a solo trip from India or taking the whole family, it is really easy to book accommodation throughout Europe.

There are a few different options available, and it can be tricky to know which one is best for you. Here’s a quick guide to help you make a decision.

There are plenty of hotels and hostel options across Europe for all budgets and needs

One option is to stay in a hotel . This can be a good choice if you’re looking for somewhere comfortable and convenient, with all the amenities you need on-site.

This is one of the popular options as you’ll have someone to help you with any questions you might have about the area. Plus, most hotels offer breakfast, so you won’t have to worry about finding a place to eat.

However, it can also be quite expensive.

Another option is to rent an apartment or house . This is usually cheaper than staying in a hotel, and it gives you more space and freedom. However, it can be more work, as you’ll need to cook and clean for yourself.

If you’re looking for something relatively cheap, hostels are always an option. You can usually find them in most major cities, and they’re a great way to meet other travellers.

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What To Pack For A Europe Trip

Whether you’re going to Europe for business or pleasure, you’ll want to make sure you dress appropriately .

And when it comes to packing, you need to remember that Europe has a wide range of climate zones.

From snow to sun, Europe can hit you with anything during your trip, so it is best to be prepared!

Here are a few things you to consider when packing for your visit to Europe:

✔️ The weather in Europe can be unpredictable, so it’s important to pack a mix of light and heavy clothing-Layers are always a good idea.

✔️If you’re visiting during the summer, remember that the sun can be intense. Pack sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from sunburn.

✔️ Packing comfortable walking shoes is a must – you’ll be doing a lot of walking!

By following these simple tips, you’ll make sure you’re prepared for anything – and ready to enjoy your trip to Europe from India!

FAQs about travelling to Europe from India

You have probably realised that there are lots of things to consider when you are trying to figure out how to travel to Europe from India.

Exploring Europe from India requires planning but is so worth it

And I am sure a few more questions about visiting Europe have popped into your mind. To help you plan the ultimate trip, here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers:

Can you go to Europe by road from India?

Sure, you can road trip it from India all the way to Europe if you’re feeling ambitious (and have a trusty vehicle)!

It’ll take some serious planning and effort, but it’s doable.

Before you hit the road you will need to have the right documentation and make sure your vehicle is up to European standards.

You’ll likely need to obtain a visa for the countries you drive through and make sure your vehicle is up for the long journey – you’ll be doing a lot of driving!

Once you’re all set, map out your route and hit the open road. travelling by road from India to Europe is an adventure in itself, and you’ll get to see some amazing scenery along the way.

If you’re prepared to put in the planning and legwork, visiting Europe from India by road is definitely possible. So whether you’re dreaming of touring the French countryside or experiencing the nightlife in Berlin, start mapping out your route – Europe awaits!

What should I include in a 10 days Europe tour from India?

How Can I travel to Europe from India in Just 10 days? – it’s pretty easy!

If you’re visiting Europe from India, there’s a lot to see and do in just ten days. Here are some of the highlights you should consider adding to your Europe itinerary :

📍Start your trip in London, one of the most iconic cities in the world.

📍From there, head to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and enjoy some French cuisine.

📍Then it’s on to Amsterdam, where you can explore the canals and visit the Anne Frank House .

📍From Amsterdam, fly to Barcelona to experience the unique culture and architecture of this vibrant city.

📍 Finally, end your trip with a few days in Rome, visiting ancient ruins like the Colosseum and exploring Vatican City.

With so much to see and do, you’re sure to have an amazing time on your ten-day Europe tour from India!

Should I get a sim card for my trip?

If you need to use the internet for google maps or to book an uber without WIFI, I highly recommend you purchase a sim card just for your trip.

You can get some really cheap sim-only cards all across Europe for as little as €10 .

Buying a European sim card will make your trip go a whole lot smoother!

Final thoughts on how to travel to Europe from India

For many people, visiting Europe is the ultimate travel dream. And if you’re lucky enough to live in India, you can make that dream a reality!

Planning a trip to Europe from India is easier than you might think. There are a number of direct flights from major Indian cities to European destinations, and with a little bit of planning, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free trip- And this guide is here to help .

No matter how long you spend in Europe or what you want to do, it has so much to offer. Just make sure you apply for your visa in advance to avoid disappointment!

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Lowri Thomas is the founder of Many Other Roads. She lives and travels in Europe and has explored more than 40 countries. She is joined on her travels with her dog Scout and they explore Europe mostly by road. Born in Wales, she also shares the best things to do in Wales, UK and beyond. She helps over 50,000 people per month plan epic Europe adventures and road trips.

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These 15-day trip to Europe can be customized from any major city in India as per travelers' request. Get in touch with our travel agents for any travel-related query or general information about Europe. Thus, irrespective of the tour package you book for a holiday, be assured of cozy stays, smooth transfers, delicious meals, and spectacular city tours. As you book a tour package to explore these European marvels, do scan your 15 days Europe tour itinerary to completely understand what it has in store for you. What are you waiting for? A refreshing tour awaits you. Time to book your trip to these ecstatic cities is now!

  • Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace and London Eye
  • Canal tour in Amsterdam and River Seine Cruise in Paris
  • Lake Lucerne tour and ride onTitlis Rotair
  • Self-guided sightseeing in Interlaken and Innsbruck
  • Shopping in Venice and excursion to Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Roman Forum tour and sightseeing in Milan

London: Arrival

  • Leisure Time

Other Benefits (On Arrival)

Your 15 days Europe tour package commences today. 

Once you arrive in London and are done with customs check and immigration, a tour manager will be waiting for you. The manager will escort you to the hotel. Once you have completed the check-in formalities, you have ample leisure time. If you want, delight in the hotel facilities. 

When the night falls, you will be transferred to an Indian restaurant to savor a delectable dinner according to your London trip package. As the night gets into depths, you can explore London’s nightlife. The city is blessed with a flamboyant club scene, offering the best places to enjoy. Its after dark scenario address to various tastes, whether it is theatre, music, or comedy. At its various clubs, bars, and world-class theatres, you have one or the other place to party to your heart’s content. After enjoying nightlife, return to the hotel for a restful sleep. 

Optional: Nightlife (charges extra)

Tip: You can enjoy cabaret shows that crop up in some amazing and unexpected bijoux venues.

London: A guided city tour

  • River Thames
  • Tower Bridge
  • Palace of Westminster
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Trafalgar Square

An exciting day awaits you as planned by this London city tour.   

Enjoy a continental breakfast and set off for a wonderful day ahead. The day starts with witnessing the change of Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Now, you will be taken to a guided city tour that includes Big Ben, Palace of Westminster, world’s most famous bridge - Tower Bridge, Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Tower of London. As per this 15 days Europe tour, you will also be taken to pass River Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral, which is another landmark of this city. As the day culminates, you will be taken to an Indian Restaurant for a scrumptious dinner. Later, return to the hotel for a restful sleep. 

Amsterdam: Stena Line Overnight Cruise from Harwich to Hook of Holland

  • Madame Tussauds
  • Coca Cola London Eye
  • Oxford Street
  • Stena Line Overnight Cruise

A happening day of shopping, cruise, and more…

Savor a continental breakfast again and get transferred to Oxford Street for some shopping. Once you are done with shopping, get transferred to Harwich. From here, you will be boarding the Stena Line Overnight Cruise to cross English Channel according to this 15 day tour of Europe. Onboard, you can have a gala time as your heart desires. At night, relish dinner and sleep peacefully on the cruise. 

You can make your day more colorful by taking up some exciting activities (charges extra) before shopping at the Oxford Street. Visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and clicking pictures with wax statues of the world famous celebrities is a good option. From here, you can get transferred to London Eye, which is a giant wheel on the banks of River Thames. Now, this Europe tour itinerary brings you time to take up shopping, followed by a transfer to Harwich for an Indian dinner and overnight stay at Stena cruise to Hook of Holland. 

Optional: Madame Tussauds & London Eye with Transfers 

Amsterdam: A happy day and a happening nightlife

  • Canal Cruise
  • Zaanse Schans

Indulge in an amazing day as per this 15 days Europe tour. 

Arise amidst the water expanses and ‘break’ your night long ‘fast’ with an English breakfast onboard. Once you arrive at Hook of Holland, complete immigration and custom check formalities before being transferred to The Hague in Netherlands. On reaching The Hague, explore Modurodam- a miniature park, housing several model replicas of celebrated Dutch landmarks, historical cities, and large developments. From Modurodam, move to Zaanse Schans, which is a traditional Dutch village. Here, you can not only watch the way, cheese and wooden shoes are made but also buy as souvenirs. 

Now, it is time to proceed to Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands according to your Amsterdam 1 day tour. Your arrival here will be treated by a joyful ride on the Canal Cruise as you will explore the city sailing on the waters. After you have enjoyed the serene cruise, it is time to Shoppe to your heart’s content, followed by a hearty Indian dinner and transfer to the hotel. Check-in to the hotel and relax. Later, you can relish the pleasure of the happening nightlife. After you have had your fill of the nightlife partying and fun, return to the hotel for some relaxation. 

Optional: Nightlife (charges extra) 

Paris: Fun in Brussels and arrival in Paris

  • Grote Market
  • Manniken Pis Statue

The next leg of your vacation awaits you in Paris and Brussels as per this Europe tour package from India. 

Greet the morning with a continental breakfast and checkout from the hotel. Today, you will be transferred to Paris, the capital of France via Belgium’s capital Brussels. Once you reach Brussels, explore Grote Market and Manniken Pis Statue. You can utilize your leisure time by shopping for celebrated chocolates and other souvenirs. 

Once you have had a carnival in Brussels, get transferred to Paris – the City of Light. Celebrated all over the world for romantic avenues, majestic monuments, art museums, electrifying cabarets, and fashion, the city adds substantially to your 15 days in Europe. You will be taken to an Indian Restaurant to refuel yourself with your favorite flavors for dinner. Later, get transferred to the hotel, check-in and enjoy a restful sleep. 

Paris: A guided city tour

  • Champs Elysees
  • Concorde Square
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Alexander Bridge

Soak in the splendor of attractions that Paris is blessed with as planned by this 15 days Europe tour itinerary.

Bonjour! (Good morning) 

Savor the flavors of a continental breakfast and get transferred to Eiffel Tower on its 3rd level. From here, you are presented with bird’s eye view of the city. The scenery will tempt you to capture it in your camera. After this visit. You will be taken for a guided city tour with an English speaking guide. You will visit Glass Pyramid, Opera Garnier, Champ Elysees, Concords Square, Louvre Museum (Outside), Arc de Triomphe, Alexander Bridge, Les Invalides, and Notre Dame among other attractions.  

Before completion of the day tour, you will be taken to Fragonard Perfume Museum. A home to a wide range of perfumery items, this museum takes you back in ages through the stages of perfume manufacturing. Now, you will be taken to Bateaux Mouches for a serene River Seine Cruise and explore Paris all the more. A dinner at an Indian Restaurant follows the cruise, which is included in this 15 days Europe tour package. Later, get transferred to the hotel, check-in, and tuck yourselves in the beds for a comforting sleep. 

You can also choose to take a tour of Lido Show. If you go for the Lido Show, you will be transferred to Champs Elysees for an indulging and flamboyant extravaganza as well as late night return transfer. 

Optional: Lido Show with glass of Champagne & late night hotel transfers (charges extra)

Paris: Enjoy your leisure day

  • Disneyland full day tour with dinner
  • Louvre Museum

This day of your 3 days in Paris offers you a day of leisure to do what your heart desires.  

Begin your day with a lovely continental breakfast. Now, you have the entire day at leisure, so plan to make the most of it. You can choose to explore marvels of this city on your own such as Versailles or Louvre Museum. If you want to buy souvenirs for your loved ones, utilize it by shopping. 

You can also mark your Paris holiday package from India with a Disneyland tour with dinner. Here, you will have an action-packed day, which you will want to relive. You will be provided with one-day one park pass to enjoy rides. The best picks to delight in rides are Discovery Land, USA Main Street, Adventure World, Fantasyland, and Frontier Land. When the sun sets, you will be transferred to an Indian Restaurant for a filling dinner, followed by a transfer to your hotel for a relaxing sleep. 

Optional: City tour, shopping, Disneyland full day tour with dinner (charges extra) 

Tip: Remember that there are two kinds of restaurants – ‘Service compris’ (tip included) and ‘service non-compris’ (tip not included). 

Zurich/Engelberg: Arrival

As you travel Europe in 15 days, proceed to the amazing Zurich or Engelberg today. 

After enjoying a nutritious breakfast, check out from the hotel as you will be transferred to Engelberg / Zurich today. Delight in a smooth ride to your destination through Lyon Dijon, while crossing the border from Basel. The evening will be stepping ahead to greet the night when you will reach your destination of the day. Now, it is time for some reviving dinner, so you will be taken to an Indian Restaurant and a transfer to the hotel follows. Check-in and hop on to your cozy bed for a refreshing sleep. 

Zurich: An exciting day trip to Lucerne

  • Lion Monument
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Ice Flyer chair lift

Explore the wonders of Lucerne included in this 15 days Europe itinerary.  

Welcome the morning with a copious continental breakfast and set off to visit attractions in Lucerne. On arrival, visit the iconic Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, and old town. You also get some time to shop souvenirs for your loved ones. After an exciting day of sightseeing and shopping, get transferred to an Indian Restaurant to enjoy a delectable dinner before being transferred to your hotel in Zurich for a cozy overnight stay. 

You can make your Europe trip package from India more memorable by going for an optional visit to Mount Titlis today (charges extra). This trip will lace your vacation with an amazing experience. As you take a tour to this part of The Alps, enjoy a ride in the world's first revolving cable car known as Titlis Rotair. Once you reach the top, visit the incredible Ice Cave, followed by a Glacier Park visit. To reach this park, you will be treated to a thrilling Ice Flyer Chairlift. Cliff Walk is another attraction that manifolds your Mount Titlis visit. 

After a day at high altitude, you will be taken to an Indian Restaurant to enjoy a hearty dinner. Later, you will be transferred to your hotel in Zurich, where you tuck yourself in beds for a warm night.  

Optional: Mount Titlis trip (charges extra)

Tip: Wear the best quality hiking boots. Tennis shoes are not good enough to explore the Alps.

Distance from Zurich to Lucerne: 52 km

Travel Time: 40 minutes (approx.)

Interlaken: Arrival and an amazing trip

  • Mt. Jungfrau
  • Adventure Activities

On this day of your Europe tour package for 15 days you will be taken to a Swiss gem – Interlaken.

Wake up to another beautiful morning and savor continental flavors for breakfast. Now, check out from the hotel to proceed to Interlaken – one of the most scenic Swiss cities. On arrival, you can explore the charm of the town on your own. If the shopaholic in you insists, you can go shopping. In case, you want to indulge in some activities, take up adventure sports like paragliding. You can also try luck at Kursaal Casino. When the evening deepens, get transferred to Zurich to enjoy a lovely Indian dinner. Later, you will be taken to hotel, check-in and slip into your beds for a relaxing sleep. 

As you cover Europe in 15 days, you can turn this day into a memory to treasure by taking up a Mt. Jungfraujoch excursion (charges extra). Jungfraujoch, the highest altitude railway station of Europe commands your visit when you are in Switzerland. Enjoy a cogwheel train ride to reach this exotic part of The Alps, while passing through Kleine Scheidegg and Eigar North Wall. The snowy world of glaciers welcomes you on Jungfraujoch, inviting you to immerse yourself in the white wonderland of snow, ice, and cliffs. Explore Ice Caves and Ice Sphinx. Now, it is time for you to return to Interlaken. If time allows, you can go shopping. Later enjoy an Indian dinner at a restaurant and get transferred to hotel for a peaceful sleep. 

Optional: Jungfraujoch trip, Interlaken sightseeing, adventure sports, other activities (charges extra) 

Distance from Zurich to Interlaken: 118 km

Travel Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes (approx.)

Innsbruck: Arrival and sightseeing

  • Swarovski Crystal World
  • Rhine Falls
  • Imperial Palace

The delight of your vacation of 15 days in Europe is enhanced by an Innsbruck trip today. 

Relish a lip-smacking continental breakfast before checking out from the hotel. Once you have completed the formalities, proceed to Rhine Falls, which are famous as mini Niagara Falls of Europe. From here, you will be taken to Innsbruck, an Austrian city known for its Imperial and modern architecture. On arrival, you will be taken to Wattens, a market town of the Innsbruck-Land District. In Wattens you will be taken to visit Swarovski’s Crystal World, where the world’s finest crystals jewelry is made. From here, you can shop for jewelry and other souvenirs. Now, get transferred to Innsbruck. Once you reach, enjoy local sightseeing attractions such as Imperial Palace, Golden Roof of an ornate Gothic balcony, Royal Church, and Maria Theresien Strasse. Also, visit Trasmopolino Olympic ski jump site. After delighting in your Innsbruck city tour, and enjoying a leisurely stroll on cobbled stone pathways, you will be taken to an Indian Restaurant for dinner and a transfer to hotel follows. Check-in to soothe your weary body to sleep. 

Distance from Interlaken to Innsbruck: 375 km

Travel Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes (approx.)

Venice: A day in “The Floating City”

  • St. Peter’s Square
  • Venetian market
  • Murano Glass Factory

Your 15 days Europe itinerary takes an interesting turn today as you advance to the Italian marvel – Venice. 

Mark your morning with a continental breakfast and check out from the hotel to be transferred to Venice, a "City of Canals" In Italy. Once you arrive here, visit St. Mark’s Square by boat. St. Mark’s Square is the heart of Venice, which is packed with history and enclosed by superb architecture. Numerous attractions of Venice stand here. As per this Europe 15 days tour, you will be shown popular waterways of the city, while proceeding to St. Mark’s Square. On reaching the square, visit St. Mark’s Cathedral with Bell Tower. If you want, feed the pigeons and capture moments in your camera. Later, you have some free time, so you can go shopping at Venetian market or explore Murano Glass Factory. Later, you will be taken to an Indian restaurant for dinner followed by transfer to hotel in Padova. Check-in to the hotel for a cozy sleep. 

Distance from Innsbruck to Venice: 387 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 4 hours (approx.)

Florence: Explore majestic monuments of Pisa and Florence

  • Pisa Baptistery

This day beckons you to soak in the architectural marvels of Italy as per your Florence city tour. 

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and check out from the hotel. Now, get transferred to Square of Miracles in Pisa. The Piazza del Duomo in Pisa holds four medieval architectural masterpieces. These masterpieces are - a cathedral, a baptistery, a cemetery and the famous bell tower that is better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After this sightseeing, proceed to Florence, halting at Michael Angelo Point that offers a superb view of the city. From here, you will be taken to an Indian restaurant for dinner, followed by transfer to hotel in Arezzo. Now, you will check-in to the hotel for a peaceful sleep. 

Distance from Venice to Florence: 270.4 km (approx.) 

Travel Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes (approx.)

Rome: Delve into the rich past

  • The Forum Romanum
  • The Arch de Constantine
  • The Temples of Saturn & Concord
  • Trevi Fountain
  • The Circus Maximus

The glorious past beckons you to savor its flavors in the present as per this 15 day Europe trip.

Relish a delicious breakfast and check out from the hotel to be transferred to Rome. On arrival, you will be taken for sightseeing. Visit the wonderful Vatican City – famous as the world’s smallest country within a country (Italy). The former is crowned with the fact that Mother Teresa was beatified here on 19th Oct., 2003. From Vatican City, you will have to proceed to Rome according to your Europe tour itinerary. Here, you will gain insights about the vast history of Rome with a guided tour of the city. 

Visit Colosseum (outside), The Forum Romanum, The Arch de Constantine, The Arch of Augustus, The Temples of Saturn & Concord, The Circus Maximus with many more edifices constructed by ancient Roman rulers. 

After the city tour, you will be visiting the revered Trevi Fountain, which is believed to grant your wishes if you wish by tossing a coin over your shoulders into the Fountain. Just behind it are Spanish Steps where you can spend some quiet time. Designed in irregular butterfly pattern, the beautiful Spanish Steps are among the must visit places of Rome. Later, enjoy dinner at an Indian restaurant followed by transfer to the hotel in Arezzo. Here, you will check-in and enjoy a cozy overnight stay. 

Distance from Florence to Rome: 273 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 3 hours (approx.)

Milan: Departure back home

Your vacation concludes today.

After enjoying a lovable breakfast, check out from the hotel and get transferred to Milan. On arrival, visit Duomo and fashion street Galleria. In the noon, you will be taken to airport so that you can catch your flight back home. 

Distance from Rome to Milan: 572 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 5 hours, 40 minutes (approx.)

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What is the cost of a europe tour.

A Europe tour to 6 countries for 14 nights and 15 days costs up to INR 210,000, including 4-star accommodation, meals, sightseeing, city tours, entry fee charges, and transfers. You can customize your travel itinerary depending on your budget and priorities.

How can I go to Europe from India?

Non-stop flights to Europe are well connected with major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi which almost take 10 hours to reach. London, Paris, Madrid, Rome and Amsterdam are the most common cities where tourists arrive to start their Europe tour.

How to enjoy a leisure day in Paris?

Paris offers a host of options for a pleasurable leisure day. Tourists can explore several cultural and leisure sites. They can visit attractions like the Opera Garnier, Louvre and the Orsay Museum, the Champs Elysees, and the Arc de Triomphe.

How to get around in Italy?

Travelers can conveniently get around in Italy due to easy availability of transport modes. Extensive metro network, urban and suburban bus system, and taxi are expedient modes of transport to commute across cities of Italy.

Which souvenirs should tourists buy from Innsbruck?

Travelers can shop for amazing souvenirs from Innsbruck such as nativity scenes & ornaments, coffee, porcelains & glass, Swarovski Crystals & other collectables. Take a look at what more there is to explore through Europe trip packages .

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Since most of the hotels don’t serve dinner it cannot be in the package. However, the location of the hotels will allow one to reach various restaurants in no time.

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  • September 10, 2021
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Traveling is the best way to explore new places, make friends, and have unforgettable memories. For Indians, in particular, traveling in Europe can be an expensive affair because of our low currency compared to Euros.

Due to this reason, most Indians prefer to travel by road across Europe, which takes more money and time than flying around.

If you are one of those who want to explore the most amazing places, Europe has to offer but are not ready to break the bank, here are some pointers so that you can plan your trip right.

1) Plan your budget 

Budget Planning for Europe Trip

Figure out how much money you can save and spend during your trip. Just because you are traveling in Europe does not mean that you become a sava-holic and start spending like crazy.

Keep your expenses minimal and reasonable to maximize the fun quotient of the trip without worrying about the cost at the end of it. Also, prioritize the places you want to visit in Europe and decide on how much money you can spare for each place. It helps to decide on a rough budget and stick to it.

2) Plan your trip by day  

This is the first thing you need to do, figure out how long you can travel without getting bored or homesickness creeping in? Fill up the entire itinerary with things that interest you and not just for the sake of planning an expensive trip.

You can even plan a month-long trip or a forty-eight-hour one. It all depends on your comfort level. When you know how many days you can spend in a particular place, you can plan your sightseeing and other activities appropriately.

Also, keep in mind the distance between two places and how much time it will take to reach your next destination.

3) Choose a destination and work on it

You can plan a trip anywhere from Paris to Iceland. When you have multiple options, it is always advisable to choose one place and work on your plans from there.

Planning Europe Trip

4) Check for cheap flights

No matter how expensive a place is, there are ways to get around and explore it on a shoestring budget, but make sure that you do not compromise on entertainment or sightseeing. It is very important to do thorough research before you head out for cheap flights. Many websites like Makemytrip, Expedia, Goibibo offer attractive discounts on airfare depending on the time of year and demand of seats in that particular region. You can also check for free days or offbeat places to visit in Europe. Make sure to book your flights at least four months in advance because booking early helps you save the most.

5) Check the documents  

Make sure that you carry all the essential documents before heading out on an adventure. When crossing the borders of France, Germany, or any other country in Europe, your identity proof is your biggest defense.

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Carry a valid passport and visa with proper ID cards to avoid hassles at airports and borders. Also, keep photocopies of all your documents and credit cards so that you can easily fetch them in case of emergency. Also, always carry your original documents with you because it is extremely difficult and time-consuming to get photocopies from the embassies. Another important thing to carry is a list of emergency contact details that includes your embassy and consulate contacts in the country you are visiting.

6) Choose an ATM over cash

This is something you should keep in mind when traveling alone, especially for women. You never know when you are stranded without any money, so always choose to withdraw cash from ATMs rather than carrying it with you.

Also, keep in mind that most airports have cash machines where you can withdraw euros for a nominal fee. Europe is very safe for women traveling alone, but always carry enough cash with you just in case.

Also, it is advisable not to carry all your cash in one place to not lose it all in case of an emergency. The best way is to keep your passport, euros, and credit card separately so that you can easily hand over the former two when required.

Also, travel insurance is extremely important if you are headed for Europe because it offers financial security in case of emergencies.

7) Plan your accommodations

There are many options available for accommodation in Europe. You can either go for hostel-style living or five-star luxury, but make sure you plan well before executing the same.

Get recommendations from your friends who have previously visited the country or check online reviews to choose a suitable place to stay.

Also, keep in mind the budget constraints when choosing your accommodations. Always book in advance to get the best deals on room rentals and hotels because they are usually very economical during months like January, February, or September.

When choosing a hotel, carry all your requirements and preferences with you to choose from a variety of options as per your needs.

8) Enjoy your trip

From the tower of Pisa to the Louvre museum, Europe is full of tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities for you.

Every city in Europe has something unique to offer to its tourists, so explore as many places as possible.

Make sure that you do not miss out on any entertainment options because they are free. Also, make sure to enjoy some local entertainment in the country you are visiting because it is usually very different from what you are used to in your country.

So it’s a wrap on this article on 8 Tips to help you travel safely in Europe. I hope that you found this article useful and informative. Please leave your comments below and let me know if there is anything you would want us to cover in our next articles.

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How to plan a europe trip from india.

Europe is one of those dream continents for many. The variety of culture, and romantic landscapes, and ease of travel makes it one of the top destinations to travel.

A total of 44 countries make up Europe — some as big or small as some of the states in India.

However, with variety comes a burden of choice.

Starting from which countries and cities to choose from, planning logistics, stay, and deciding on things to do in each country, it can get overwhelming pretty soon!

Introduction on Planning a Europe Trip from India

Europe is a popular tourist destination, with millions of tourists visiting the major European cities every year. And few popular European cities serve as an introduction to Europe for the majority of the tourists like Paris, Rome, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Barcelona, Amsterdam,  Budapest , or London.

Given that Europe has world-class public transport infrastructure, a variety of accommodation options from affordable hostels to swanky 5-star hotels, and a new country only a road-trip away, it’s quite easy and safe to find destinations that will appeal to the explorer in you.

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Destination & Things to do in Europe

While every European city is unique and appealing in its own way, detailing all the destinations is well beyond the scope of this post. So, I’m going to give a brief lay-down into some of the top cities.

Most people prefer to visit the romantic French city of Paris during their first trip to Europe. Paris is a cornucopia of art, fashion, food, and culture. One of the most popular attractions in Paris is none other than the Eiffel Tower, which is an engineering marvel in itself. Also visit the  Louvre museum, Arc De Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, in Paris  to start with.

Amsterdam is yet another popular destination among tourists. The capital city of the Netherlands, also known as the city of canals.  Canals, beautiful houses, ‘coffee’ shops, and the Red Light District are some of the most apparent reasons why tourists visit the city . But there’s plenty of artistic heritage, rich history, and culture if you decide to explore further. Also, be it summers or winters, cycling acts as the main lifeline of transportation in the city.

Prague (capital of the Czech Republic), also known as the “City of Thousand Spires” is another popular city in Europe. Cobblestone alleyways, colorful baroque buildings, Gothic architecture, makes the city all the more charming and fairytale-like. And also cheap compared to other popular European cities. Stop by at the  beautiful Prague castle that overlooks the city, iconic Charles Bridge, Old Towns square, and Astronomical clock , to name a few.

Berlin Germany

Berlin is growing in popularity every year as a touristic spot, and it’s easy to see why. Rich World War II history makes it a prime attraction among history lovers, a variety of food options makes it the ideal place for foodies, and its fascination towards contemporary and modern art makes it a uber-hip city.  East Side Gallery (the longest open-air gallery in the world), Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag building, numerous museums, and expansive parks  only scratch the surface of the things to do in Berlin.

Did you know that the capital city of Austria – Vienna has been ranked the most livable city in the world, the 10th year in a row? While that’s just one aspect, Vienna, with its music, art, and cafe culture, only makes it a perfect city for visitors. Do visit  St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Schönbrunn Palace, Naschmarkt (outdoor market), House of Music (Haus der Musik)  — among other things when in Vienna.

Scandinavia or Nordic Countries

I wanted to specially mention the Nordic countries – Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and  Iceland . While it’s far more expensive and characterized by lower temperatures than the rest of Europe – it has its own charm. If you visit here when the nights are long — that is between November and March, you have a higher chance of witnessing the magical Northern Lights as well.

However, with most of these cities facing overtourism issues like Venice, Rome, Paris — it’s probably is a good idea to either visit these cities during the off-season or finding destinations that are off the tourist radar to get the best out of Europe.

Nyhavn copenhagen Denmark

Things to do in Europe

  • Go on a free walking tour, which gives you an introduction into the city — history, culture, food, and its main attractions. While it says free, the tour mostly runs on donations. The idea is that, at the end of the tour, you can make a donation to the tour guide based on how you find it. Typically, around 5-10 Euros.
  • Like I mentioned before, public transportation in Europe is top-notch. So, a lot of people go on day trips from the city. So, check out if you’d be interested in any day trips from your city.
  • While cities are popular among tourists, the countryside of Europe is picturesque and quite fascinating. Consider staying in the countryside and experience the humdrum of daily life which is much slower-paced than in the cities.

Best Time to Visit Europe

While each season has its own charm and the best time to visit depends on your interest, and the kind of crowd you can handle, the most  touristic time in Europe is between June and August.

If you can manage the cold, then try visiting in the winter months between December and March, when you can witness the cities magically clad in snow. It’s a whole different experience altogether, and of course, you end up skipping the tourist crowds. Also, the entrance tickets and stay prices are far more affordable in winters.

Also, Christmas is a big thing in Europe, and you’ll see every significant city decked in lights and local Christmas markets popping up in the Old Town. So, it’s also a fantastic time to be in Europe to bring in the festive spirit.  Tallinn, Zagreb, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, and many parts of Germany and France have some of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

On the other hand, if you want a  compromise between weather and crowd, then the shoulder months of October and April would be ideal  for you.

Visa for Europe Trip from India

Most tourists visiting mainland Europe usually apply for a Schengen visa.

Equipped with a Schengen visa, you have access to 26 countries that are part of the Schengen region. Apart from this, 23 countries are not part of the Schengen region. Still, some offer a free visa on arrival with a valid Schengen visa, including Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and so on.

However, the Schengen visa is one of the most elaborate when it comes to applying for a visa. It has quite a lot of paperwork involved. To make it simpler for you,  here’s an extensive guide on applying for a Schengen visa from India.

If you are not traveling to the Schengen region, chances are you’d have to apply for a country-specific visa — say Croatia, Romania, Ireland, or the UK.

Flights to Europe from India

You’ll find a reasonable number of flights flying to Europe from major metro cities in India.

Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru are the top places to fly out to Europe .  And Paris, Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam, Istanbul, and Vienna are the major flight destinations in Europe from India.

KLM has direct flights to Amsterdam from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. And AirIndia has direct flights from Delhi to Paris and Air France from Mumbai and Bengaluru to Paris.

The expected duration is about 12-13 hours by flight one way.

On average, flight costs about INR 45,000 for a return ticket. With a little research, you can find flights for about Rs. 30,000 return as well.

Lake Bohinj Slovenia

Accommodation in Europe

Again, accommodation varies based on which city you’re visiting. Starting prices for accommodation can be much higher in Western Europe than in Eastern Europe.

Having said that, here’s what you can expect in major cities in Europe:

Europe is well-known for its backpacking culture thanks to its closely-knit group of budget-friendly hostels. Usually, dorms range from 4-beds to 16-beds dorm — either categorized by gender or mixed. Also, hostel culture allows you to interact with some cool people from all around the world. Also, it offers numerous activities, like group tours and pub hopping. Some hostels offer free breakfast and usually come fully equipped with a kitchen where you can prepare your meals if you like. Hostel accommodation typically ranges between 15 and 25 Euro per night.

More and more people now prefer to stay in  Airbnb  in a home away from home. Ideal if you are looking for your own space for a private holiday either with friends or family. Airbnb usually comes fully equipped with a kitchen, which makes making dishes all the more convenient. Prices typically start from 20 to 30 Euros per night. Also, check out Airbnb experiences for more exciting experiences with locals.

Here is a definitive guide on how to book an Airbnb for a perfect stay abroad

If neither a hostel or Airbnb is suitable for you, then the next best option would be to stay at a hotel. Hotels usually come with free breakfast, and a concierge service — so it’s quite a convenient means of traveling. Hotel accommodation usually starts at about 35 Euros to 50 Euros per night. Also, prices can vary by where you prefer staying in a city.

Pro Tip: While booking stays for a visa, make sure that your name and all your travel companions’ names are mentioned clearly in the booking to avoid visa problems.

Transportation in Europe

The best part about Europe is that its quite convenient to travel between countries — it’s mostly as easy as traveling domestically.

If you are traveling between countries or cities, plan your itinerary such that you can utilize the extensive public transport network in Europe, either buses or trains. The best and most convenient is to opt for rail pass through services like Eurail.

Eurail Pass

There are different categories of Eurail Passes based on the countries you are planning to visit, and the number of days of travel. Single country passes are cheaper than multi-country passes. Usually,  Eurail Passes costs upwards of 400 Euros for seven days travel in a month per adult on a Global Pass, and around 200 Euros for eight days travel in a month for a single country pass.  With Eurail Pass, you have the flexibility of choosing your days of travel, and it’s not fixed like when you book tickets. If flexibility is what you are looking for, then it can’t get any better than Eurail Pass.

If you are looking for a more affordable way to travel across cities, then check out  Flixbus, which has bus connections throughout Europe . You can find tickets at around 25 Euros for an 8-hour journey if booked a week or two in advance.

Renting Cars

When in Europe,  go on road trips  whenever possible. It’s a fantastic place to go on road trips between countries and enjoying the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Especially helpful when you are visiting small towns where public transportation may not be frequent. Typically, it costs between 50-100 Euros per day of rental.

Local Travel

As far as traveling within a city is concerned, each city typically has trams, buses, a subway, or a metro network. Either you’d have to buy a transport card before your travel and reload it as much as you want, or buy a single ticket within the city limits. And in most major cities, there are multi-day passes that you can avail from the local tourist office or website. And, use Google Maps for public transport suggestions (trams, buses, or subway/metro) within city limits.

Kotor Montenegro

Food & Drinks in Europe

The variety of countries in Europe is reflected in its food culture as well.

Typically,  doner kababs are cheaper pretty much everywhere (about 5 Euro). Some of the other more affordable food options include — pizza slice (3-5 Euro), sandwich (4 – 8 Euro), burgers (5 – 8 Euro), or Hummus (5 Euro).

And also, eating out in a fancy restaurant with a couple of drinks will easily set you back by 20 Euros or so.

Also, do try the local food specialty when you can. Usually, a simple google search will bring you recommendations on the best places to eat and drink. Also, check TripAdvisor and Zomato for reviews.

Vegetarian food in Europe

Due to a wave of vegan culture in Europe, vegetarian food is more readily available now than ever. And you usually wouldn’t face many issues in Western Europe. But, in Eastern Europe, it could be a problem as vegetarian food is quite limited there. Even then, you’ll find vegetable burgers, sandwiches, Margherita pizzas, or salad at the least. And also if you don’t have a vegetarian dish on the menu, you can request them to make a dish without meat. Some times, it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But there’s no harm in trying!

Currency in Europe

While the majority of Europe uses Euro, there are quite a few countries which have their own currency as well. Ideally, you can carry Euros from India and then convert it into the local currency in one of the currency conversion centers.

The currency rates differ from one to another, and it could be tricky to find the best and authentic places to convert currencies. Instead, I’d suggest withdrawing cash from your forex card, which dispenses cash in the local currency. Using a debit card would be the next best option to withdraw some money.

Also, for transactions, it’s better to use forex cards over credit cards as credit cards usually levy about 2.5-3.5% extra (currency conversion, and forex charges). You can request a forex card from the bank you have an account with.

Or the best I’ve found so far from India is to signup for a NiYo Global Card – which is a prepaid card, and you can reload money on the card and use it pretty much like a forex card. But the advantage is that the foreign exchange rates are much better than a forex card, and also they don’t have any additional charges signup charges for the same.

Not all places accept card — like transport ticket when you are paying inside the bus or tram, or small shops or markets. So, it’s better to carry some cash along with you.

Europe Trip Cost from India

This is a question that is quite difficult to answer.  Keep in mind that Europe is not a country, but a continent that comprises of many countries. Switzerland is way more expensive than Greece and Spain, while Budapest is pretty Cheap.

Also keep in mind that it varies quite a bit based on the places you visit, the kind of accommodation you stay at, the modes you choose for inland transportation (flights, taxis, ferry etc.).

That said a normal 10 day trip that covers 2-3 countries usually costs people about 1 to 1.25 Lakhs per person.

You can get an idea of the costs from the posts on Budapest and Iceland.

Also, if you will be doing your entire Europe trip backpacking (hitchhiking, staying in hostels etc.), the costs will be substantially different from a regular trip.

I hope this gives you a fair idea about the cost for Europe Trip.

What to wear in Europe

Since the temperatures could be in Europe depending on when you are visiting, it’s essential to plan your travel wardrobe accordingly. Do check the weather forecast to get an approximate idea of the temperatures before visiting.

Spring (March to May)

Most of Europe is pleasant during spring which temperatures typically ranging from 11-19 degrees Celsius. It’s the season when the flowers bloom — so it’s one of the most beautiful seasons to travel in. Pack thermals and jackets depending on the temperatures.

Summers (June to August)

Sunny weather, long days, and flourishing nightlife makes summer the high season among tourists. July and August are the hottest months with temperatures reaching up to 32 degrees Celsius. Wherever you are in Europe during this season, a single layer of clothing would be enough.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumns in Europe are a sight to watch with leaves changing colors to myriad shades between yellow and red. There’s usually a nip in the air during this season — and it could vary greatly based on where you are located. Autumn is usually characterized by positive single degree temperatures and rains, so it might be necessary to pack a raincoat or an umbrella.

Winters (December to February)

This season is mostly about snow and temperatures are usually below 0 degrees. It’s essential to pack extra layers – thermals, sweatshirts, and a winter coat along with your usual item of clothing. Also, carry a winter cap, shawl, gloves, socks, and winter-proof shoes. Very important to cover your extremities so that you don’t fall sick.

Tips While on a  Europe Trip from India

  • Most of the countries in Europe have their own language, so it would be better if you learn a few words in advance to better interact with locals.
  • Europe is pretty much safe for solo travelers, including women. But of course, like always, trust your instincts, and take necessary precaution – like not roaming around in deserted alleys, or going for drinks alone in a bad neighborhood, and such.
  • Many people don’t realize that pick-pocketing is quite common in the major cities in Europe. So, be cautious about where you keep your valuables. While you are out sightseeing, don’t carry your original passport preferably unless absolutely necessary — leave it at your accommodation and take a photocopy instead. Also, bring along just enough cash that will last you a day or two. And don’t carry all your money in one pocket.
  • Always carry your passport when crossing borders, even if it’s just on a day trip.
BTW, Have you checked out our other posts on Planning trips to Europe from India? 

Raksha is a travel and adventure blogger at therovingheart.com. She is always collecting experiences. She has spent around 3 months in Europe (most of it solo) after taking a career break.

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There is no turning back when it comes to finding a dependable Europe tour package that has been handpicked specifically for you! From romantic canals in Venice all the way up to the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps, Europe boasts a variety of scenic experiences for everyone who enjoys travel. Pickyourtrail not only offers trip packages but also Europe honeymoon packages that come with various inclusions. The average Europe trip cost from India revolves around INR 3,00,000 to INR 7,00,000 . Hence, the contribution of this factor may vary based on duration, location, accommodation, and activities. On the other hand, Europe tour accompanied by the right guidance and resources may also turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Why Choose Europe Package from Pickyourtrail?

Exploring the world of Europe is a pretty daunting task, but Pickyourtrail, as a reliable travel partner, makes it possible for you to experience an unforgettable dream Europe vacation. Curating a personalized itinerary with an easy booking interface, and giving you round-the-clock backup, that will enable you to have a tension-free trip ever. It does not matter whether you set out for an excursion to discover love, a family adventure or a trip for yourself. The team of travel planners at PickYourTrail can be trusted to create a Europe itinerary that beats your expectations.

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How to Plan a Budget Europe Trip from India?

Crafting a budget Europe trip is its virtue and involves some tactical thinking.

Travel during off peak season to enjoy cheaper prices and fewer tourist crowds.

Pick such affordable lodging as dorms, guesthouses, or different rentals.

Take the bus or even walk whenever you can. This saves a lot of transportation costs.

Use the opportunity to visit the free attractions, walking tours, or museums that are available to enjoy the town without spending much.

Take only what is needed and be selective when shopping for host gifts and souvenirs for friends and family to avoid extra baggage charges.

Top Travel Passes Needed to Visit Europe

Navigating Europe's extensive public transportation network is made easier with the following travel passes:

Eurail Pass : Perfect for those who visit several countries, Eurail Pass is an unlimited train travel that covers one or more regions or the entire Europe. It gives a series of benefits, including optionality and ease, letting you exit and board trains at the best times for you.

City Cards : Several major European cities have so-called city cards, which offer public transport passes that will also include discounted tickets to their attractions, along with other benefits. Examples in this case may be Paris Pass, Barcelona City Card, and Amsterdam City Card.

Museum Passes : Turn your money into savings and avoid long lines to have a pass that gives access to multiple museums and cultural buildings within a city or region. The international passes in the museum field include the Paris Museum Pass, Florence Museum Pass, or Vienna Pass.

Swiss Travel Pass : If you have set your mind to discover Switzerland, Swiss Pass is definitely the right decision for you. This pass gives you access to all means of transportation available within the Swiss Travel System, including trains, buses, ships/boats, and some rope-way railways. Additionally, it gives you the option to pay the admission fee free and for reduced entry to a lot of museums and attractions.

London Travel Pass : London City visitors can take advantage of the London Travel Pass for full access to public transport in zones 1-6, including London Underground, buses, trams, DLR, National Rail, and London Overground lines. Among the benefits it provides are reductions in the price of entry to major destinations like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.

Rome Tourist Card : If you are aiming to discover the eternal city, with the Rome Tour Card, you get free entry to the top attractions Rome has to offer, like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican Museums. Besides, you get unlimited use of the public transport within Rome.

Europe Tourist Visa: Step-by-Step Guide

Acquiring a Schengen visa for Indians is an effortless task.

Gather Required Documents : It usually means the submission of a valid passport, visa application form, recent passport-sized photographs, travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, and financial documents.

Schedule an Appointment : Go to the site of your Schengen country embassy or consulate and then book an appointment to apply for the visa.

Attend the Visa Interview : Get to the consulate or embassy on the day and time specified for the visa interview. Get ready to present information about your travel plans, spending, and the purpose of your visit.

Submit Biometrics : According to your needs, there are possibilities that you may have to provide biometric data, such as fingerprints and photos, in the visa application center.

Wait for Visa Processing : Once the application has been forwarded and the interview is done, send for the visa processing time, which normally goes from a few days to a few weeks.

Receive Visa : After your visa application is approved, get your passport with a visa stamp from the embassy or visa application center.

Is the Europe Tour From India Worth The Hype?

Absolutely! A trip to Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in thousands of years of history, culture, and nature at its best. It could be well-known landmarks or secret spots that offer a unique story and activities to share. Whether you are admiring ancient cities, indulging in culinary delights, or being awestruck by the breathtaking landscapes, every moment you spend in Europe is unforgettable.

Taking a Europe trip is a way of life that is exciting by nature, full of chances for events, adventures, and things new. Owing to its rich history, many cultures and wonderful landscapes, Europe is the dream destination for many of us from all corners of the world. Through proper itinerary planning, meticulous budgeting and choosing Pickyorutrail, you can be sure that your European trip will be nothing but a perfect vacation. Hence, get your rucksack ready, be charmed as you become a nomad, and cruise across the Old Land on your epic adventure.

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A Foolproof Guide to Eastern Europe Tours From India

How to plan a Europe Trip from India

For centuries Europe has been familiar to the tourists and backpackers majorly to the western region. The reason could be anything like modern culture and deep media coverage; or could it be simply because of roaming around, communicating in English, and having a common currency? A decade ago, many of us don’t have any desire to consider Eastern Europe as a great travel destination and because of that majority of the people didn’t plan any Eastern Europe tours from India.

Really! What might be the reason behind it?

Lack of knowledge and information, miscommunication is slightly common practice because of the language barrier, but these are few memorable things that create great travel tales later.

Let me tell you one thing, the Eastern Europe tour is not as doubtful or unsafe as you might think. The people are honest and friendly, things are inexpensive compare to other places, it’s easy enough to roam around, and explore with amazing history and geographic diversity.

Good News! Things are getting better year on year. In 2019, Eastern Europe reported roughly 1.8 million outbound trips from India, became the most visited European region by Indian travelers (and then the COVID-19 happened!).

This region of Europe is now becoming a hot unconventional destination especially for backpackers, wanderers to solo travelers. Here you will get an opportunity to meet other travelers coming from other parts of the world for the first time; and those small things like meeting locals, catching the bus, grabbing a meal, and buzzing around become more of an adventure.

In this article, I am going to guide you about everything you need to know before your very first trip to Eastern Europe. The reason behind this is not to waste your valuable time on the planning process and miss important things for your journey.

So, are you ready to begin your journey today by start reading this article as a very first step to your actual Eastern Europe wanderlust hitting in real?

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Which Countries Come Under Eastern Europe?

At present, there are various definitions of Eastern Europe available, but they are not correctly defined, and are too general, or are not updated. For me, Eastern Europe is somewhere located east of Adriatic Sea and west of Asia-Minor (the West adjacent of Istanbul). So, explaining the boundaries of Eastern Europe is not that tough; It’s a collection of all the communist countries on the other side of the Iron Curtain, i.e., the imaginary line that isolates Europe from Soviet influence and Western influence.

Now the obvious question that arises in your mind is which countries come under Eastern Europe? According to Wikipedia many countries like Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia are termed as Eastern Europe.

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What Is The Best Time to Visit Eastern Europe?

Choosing an ideal Travel time to Eastern Europe can make or break your traveling experience. So, if you are clueless about what would be the ideal time to travel to your favorite Eastern Europe holiday destinations then the answer will be any time between the high season and low season (Known as Shoulder season) is often considered as the ideal time to visit Eastern Europe travel destinations, because most of the major cities don’t seem to be as crowdy as in high season but not as deserted as low season. So, ideally Spring (between March-May) and Autumn (between September – November) are the best time to visit Eastern Europe.

Moreover, please make sure that you are not planning your trip in December, as most of the Eastern European cities witness typical continental weather during this time with temperatures dropping below freezing, causing snowfall chance, and considered as a worse time to travel the cities. So, if you are planning any Eastern Europe Tours from India then please try to avoid Winter (between December – February) season period for hustle-free traveling.

How Do I Plan a Trip to Eastern Europe From India?

Planning a trip to Eastern Europe might not get messed up if you have a proper idea of which places you want to visit. If you want to visit at least the big cities, you should have to spend a minimum of 2 full days in each city you visit and smaller cities generally only require 1 full day (1 night 1-day minimum). I’m saying full days because traveling to or from a city, you are likely to lose few hours in between to explore.

So, if you are worried about ‘ how do I plan a trip to Eastern Europe?’ , here is a complete Eastern Europe tour itinerary for you to make your life easier. Now it’s up to you to decide which countries and cities you want to visit as per your budget or preferences and that will determine the actual duration of your Eastern Europe trip.

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Finding cheap accommodation is another aspect when you have a few days to stay in a city. Here my trip planner tip can help you to find some of the best options for affordable accommodations. These include Airbnb, Youth hostels—or luxury hostels, hotels, and the cheapest of all Couchsurfing. Each of them will vary in price and location, but according to your budget, you should try to stay near to the city center as it saves some travel time while visiting the tourist destinations.

How to travel Eastern Europe Cities on a Budget?

Buses: Long-haul buses are the best way to travel between Eastern European countries and cheap at the same time if there’s no low-cost flight (like Ryanair ) available. Companies like ‘ Eurolines ’ serve the area pretty well.

Trains: Traveling Eastern Europe by train is another best way to travel on a budget. The best way to do it is to buy a Eurail Pass , an all-in-one train ticket giving you unlimited access to most trains across various destinations.

How Much Does An Europe Tour Cost?

Most penny-pincher, hostel-hopping backpackers can spend around ₹ 3000 – ₹ 6000 (€ 35 – € 65) per day on Eastern Europe trip. At this level, you might not indulge in too many pleasures but at the same time are not making too many sacrifices. So, it’s a balance situation, and believe me, that’s the actual joy of traveling to witness something new and different which you will remember lifelong.

The cost of two weeks travel to Eastern Europe for couples will look something like this as mentioned in the chart below:

The above estimation may slightly vary if you handpicked some destinations which are considered as cheapest Eastern European countries to visit. Most of the Eastern European territory is still one of the most budget-friendly with some popular destination cities much more affordable than rest of the Europe. According to your pocket size If you’re only looking for the Eastern Europe cheapest cities then you’ll have to move to lesser-known (but equally magical) destinations. Here comes the best places to visit from my list of the most affordable Eastern European cities without breaking your savings.

  • Krakow and capital Warsaw, Poland’s two biggest cities, may not be as cheap as you might think all the time but try to avoid visiting in summer time. Generally, March to April are the best times to travel to Poland.
  • The Czech Republic’s capital city Prague is not that affordable, but you’ll be able to find plenty of bargains outside the Prague, especially during the colder months, except for the Christmas time.
  • Hungary’s capital city Budapest is effortlessly beautiful and is perfect for the budget travellers and backpackers as many of its tourist sights are FREE!
  • Slovakia’s Bratislava city is perfect for budget backpackers as anyone can easily walk around its main landmarks. The 18th-century old town is popular for its lively bars and cafes.
  • If you’re tired of the more modern cities, buildings, architectures and want to witness how Europe was like 100 years ago, then it’s time to explore Europe’s most captivating region – Transylvania and yes you guessed it right! Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel was set here in this Romanian city.

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If you are finding tough time choosing in from 11 countries during a two-week stay in Europe, I’d suggest picking a maximum of four (if not three) countries, so you don’t feel like running out of time, or you can even go for an Eastern Europe travel packages from any Indian Tour agency (like Thomas Cook, SOTC, etc.). Finally, if you are looking for some best Eastern Europe travel packages – a guided and expert planned vacation and travel packages and want to plan your own custom tour of Eastern Europe, your best place will be ‘ TravelStride ’. They will match you with a local travel expert and plan a tailor-made itinerary for you as per your budget! How cool is that!!

Read More : A Step-by-Step Guide On How To Plan A Europe Trip From India

What To Buy From Eastern Europe ?

One of the major reasons to travel to Eastern Europe is all the amazing souvenirs you can buy. Valuable stones, Lomonosov Porcelain, books, crafts, elegant Ukrainian embroidery, traditional hats, and even some food and drink items will surely have you bid adieu to Eastern Europe with your luggage full.

Your East Europe Tours will certainly become the most memorable trip that happened to you.

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Solo Backpacking Europe From India on a Budget, A Complete Plan

It is quite common to be confused while planning your first Europe Trip Itinerary especially when you are doing Europe on a Budget. Many people take the help of the travel agencies which suggest only the overrated and highly touristic areas. Backpacking to Europe solo from India can be a task as you need to prepare for a lot many things for the Visa process. However, this blog which is a result of my own planning for my 83 days long solo backpacking trip to Europe from India , would be your step by step guide for your long-awaited Europe Trip on a Budget.

Following is the self-followed ways to begin with ’The Great Europe Trip Plan’.

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First of all you must know the following points before moving ahead

  • Schengen Visa for the tourists is available for a short-term of only 3 months at a time. Not sure how to score a visa? Well, here is a complete visa guide for you .
  • The visa approves your unrestricted movement to only 26 countries in Europe.
  • Geographically, if you observe the map of Europe, it can be divided into western, eastern and central Europe. You must choose the countries based on their vicinity in order to make your commute easier.
  • Before planning and booking your flight, do research a bit about the best time to visit each country + offseason too, so that you can check for less expensive flights.
  • The selection of time also depends on what do you exactly wish to see. For an instance, European cities face extreme cold, snowfall from November- March but it is also the best time to get cheap flights and hotels. You can even enjoy the Christmas extravaganza during December and January.
  • The continent is in full bloom and in its best beauty from April to July. However, each country has its own time of celebrations which must not be missed.

The Big Fat Europe Budget

Considering the low value of INR or any other Asian currency, you may definitely feel Europe (Especially western and Northern) but there are ways to reduce the cost while having the best local experience. Read the detailed guide for the same.

On average, if you don’t spend much on any luxury and follow my budget travel guide to Europe , the following can be your budget for western/Central and Northern European Countries.

  • 15-20 Days – 70,000- 80,000 INR per person (Food + Transport + Stay + sightseeing)
  • 30-40 Days – 1,20,000 – 1,50,000 INR (Food + Transport + Stay + sightseeing)
  • 60-80 Days – 1,20,000 – 1,50,000 INR (Food + Transport + Stay + sightseeing)
(Note: Slower the travel, lesser the expenditure)

My 83 days backpacking trip to 8 countries could be done in 1,10,000 INR including flight, visa, stay, food, internal commute and some gifts and chocolates for irritating friends and relatives 😐 Actually gifts and chocolates cost more than anything else, so my personal advice is, better don’t share any of your plans with anyone and save on useless gifts hahaha 😉 . I could do with spending 56K for 83 days , and you can definitely do for an even lesser amount. There were many couch surfers who were running at a lower budget than mine and doing it better.

Wanna Know How to do it in Budget? Check my budget travel tips

Note : Don’t mail or comment for any travel package, I am not any travel company. However, I would always be happy to help you with the itineraries and can suggest the places to stay and explore. For regular updates, You can subscribe to my blog (Fill in your mail-id at the end of the page). This way you will get regular useful updates of my travel. 

Where to Stay in Europe?

If you are traveling with friends, then hostels are the best options in Europe. A hostel in Western and Central European Countries may cost you around 20-25 Euros including breakfast.

Most of the hostels in Europe have family rooms and private rooms for couples. And if you wish to go for a culture exchange (Read the Last two words again), you can use Couch Surfing in Europe. You can read all my personal tips on Couchsurfing while in Europe here . Couchsurfing didn’t only help me in traveling on a budget but it also helped me in experiencing the unusual places and of course, the company of a local helps you the most. Read how I ended up traveling to unexplored places with my Couchsurfing hosts .

However, the hostels are not advisable for honeymooners, they can opt for apartments or budget hotels.

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip to Europe from India (Or anywhere else)

While most of us would be confused while choosing the countries and cities to travel in Europe, it is as easy as making a list while traveling anywhere in your own country.

Step 1: Find out the best countries in Europes/ Countries for the Budget Travellers in Europe Step 2: Google the must-visit places in each chosen countries. Step 3: Put the cities of your choice one by one in google maps and it will show you the route to travel. You can drag the places up or down seeing the convenient route.

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Just for your info, the Eastern European countries are way cheaper than Western and Central.

Europe Itinerary for backpacking solo: Here is an Itinerary that I followed & you can follow too

I had simply ticked the countries in a downloaded map of Europe. Also, check if the country falls into the Schengen Area.

Spain – (add Portugal if you wish) –>   France –>  Luxembourg –>  Belgium –>  Netherlands –>  Denmark à Germany –>  Czech Republic –>  Austria –>  Germany –>  Switzerland /(You can also continue to) –>  Austria to Slovakia –>  Hungary –>  Slovenia –>  Italy

The above list makes you cover most of the Western and Central Europe..

You can choose a small group of countries from the above list.

Now comes the biggest question of where to go within these countries and when? So, here is a crisp guide for you.

Enlist the Must Visit Places In Each European Country

Once you have enlisted the places of your choice in each country, put it in the google map in the following manner, this would show you where to start and where to exactly end in order to reach the next destination.

Adviced route to be followed: Barcelona (Catalan Capital City) –>Valencia (For its Sea Coast) –> Granada (For the love of Flamenco & Zambra, & the Gypsy Caves) –>  Malaga(For the Sea Lovers again) –> Ronda (For its giant bridge and natural vistas) –> Seville (Andalucian capital and a quiet beautiful city)  –> Cordoba (For the Flowery Streets and an ancient Mosque-Cathedral)–> Madrid (Another Spanish city) –>then either move towards Pamplona if you are interested in the La Tomatina or Bull Race or move towards France (Paris).

The best time to visit Spain : Mid or After May when the spring sets and the Spanish streets are adorned with colourful flowers.

Best Mode of Transport : AlSA Buses or just check the Go Euro App.

Adviced route to be followed: Paris –> Either you can move southwards towards the Provence region in the south or can head to Strasbourg –> Colmar (For the beautiful Alsace villages like Ribeauville, Riquewihr and Eguisheim & the Petite Venise or Little Venice) –> You can move either towards Switzerland from Colmar or can take a bus to Luxembourg (Country) via Metz from Strasbourg.

The best time to visit France : Mid or After May when the spring sets and the French streets are adorned by colourful flowers. If you wish to see the vineyards in full bloom before its harvest then August-September are the best months to visit.

Best Mode of Transport : OUI Buses (The Cheapest one)  or just check the Go Euro App.

Being a small country, Luxembourg provides the feel of a little city embellished with the fresh spring flowers. Luxembourg city must be visited if you are planning to take this route.

The best time to visit Luxembourg : Mid or After May when the spring sets and the city of Luxembourg has pleasant weather.

Best Mode of Transport : OUI Buses (The Cheapest one)  or just check the Go Euro App.

Adviced route to be followed: Brussels (The European Capital City) However, the city doesn’t have much to see and I can honestly advise not to spend more than a half day here –> Ghent (For its historic buildings) –> Brugge (For the Flowery Streets and fairytale-like streets) –> Antwerp (for its famous diamond market – it can surely be skipped if you are not much interested in museums) –> Dinant (For its giant bridge and natural vistas) à Move to Amsterdam

The best time to visit Belgium : Mid or After May when the spring sets and the cities of Belgium have pleasant weather.

Netherlands

Adviced route to be followed: Amsterdam –> Explore the city of Amsterdam on cycle or the nearby fairytale villages of Edam, Marken, Volendam, and Giethoorn . Also, take a cycle tour for some offbeat exploration and cheese tasting or cycle to the colorful Tulip flower fields . Trust me, it would be an experience to cherish forever. –> Move to Aarhus (Denmark)

The best time to visit the Netherlands :  May end or After when the spring sets and the Netherlands weather isn’t too harsh. However, please note that the weather in Netherland is very unpredictable and it can rain at any time.

The adviced route to be followed: Aarhus (The happiest Danish District)–> Copenhagen (the Danish Capital City with a colorful harbor) –> Take some day trips to the nearby hamlets like Hillerod, Dragor –> Move to Berlin

The best time to visit Denmark : June and after when the spring sets and Denmark has pleasant weather.

Adviced route to be followed: Berlin (However, I feel that Dresden is a good alternative to visit) –> Cologne –> Frankfurt  –> Munich (Take day trips to Rothenburg, Bamberg, and Zugspitze) –> Move down to Salzburg (Austria)

The best time to visit France : Mid or After May

Best Mode of Transport : Bla Bla Car, Flix Bus or just check the Go Euro App.

Czech Republic

The city of Prague itself has a lot to offer but one unique place that you must not miss is the chapel in Kuntahora that is decorated with the skulls and bones of more than 2000 people.

The best time to visit Czech Republic : Mid or After May when the spring sets and the city of Prague has pleasant weather.

Best Mode of Transport : Bla Bla Car or just check the Go Euro App.

Adviced route to be followed: Salzburg (Visit Hallstatt) –> Vienna

The best time to visit Austria : After May/June when the vineyards are all set to bloom.

Best Mode of Transport : Bla Bla Car. (Trains and buses do not have direct routes to most of the places)

The other guide blogs that you might need for backpacking How to Score a Schengen Visa on an Indian Passport; An Ultimate Visa Guide Europe Trip on a Budget!! How to Make it Possible Europe Food Guide for (Non/) Vegetarians and Budget Travelers Couchsurfing in Europe – Tips, Request Samples and More How Couchsurfing helped me Explore Europe Better – My Experiences

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Helpful guide! If one could do a 20 day trip in Europe for 70,000 it isn’t bad!

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Definitely not bad Renuka. It just depends on personal choices, I personally feel that budget should not be a matter of competition. However, I have learnt that slower the travel, lesser the money you spend.

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thank u for sharing your experience, and it also inspires others too. i also want to plan so can u help me?

Sure Arpit, let me know what help you need besides whatever I have put up on Travel hippies. Would definitely guide you.

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Schengen visa new rules, processing time, qualifications & everything else you need to know to plan your holiday in Europe

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By Sanjana Ray

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A summer in Europe —the theme for countless romcoms—has a permanent fix in the Indian tourist’s travel bucket list. With the new Schengen visa rules, a visit to the West (or more specifically, 29 countries in the West) just became more hassle-free.

The European Union recently introduced a new “Cascade regime”, under which Indians can obtain a two-year multi-entry Schengen visa. What’s more, a two-year visa can be followed by a five-year visa. Not only will this help streamline the entire Schengen visa process—which until this moment has been quite a tedious affair—it will also increase outbound travel from India to select European nations, thereby boosting sales for airlines and travel agencies.

However, the new rules come with a list of caveats. And despite the revamped structure allowing greater access to Indian tourists , the visa processing time and fees remain a challenge. So, before you start dreaming up your next European adventure, take a look over at the technicalities first and then start planning ahead.

Going by the new rules, Indians can now apply for a Schengen visa which has a validity of two years—a significant improvement from the shorter validity periods that were previously available. However, to qualify for this extended two-year visa, Indian tourists should have obtained and judiciously utilised two Schengen visas in the preceding three years.

Once this two-year visa is utilised, these applicants can then be considered eligible for a five-year Schengen visa, as long as their passports maintain sufficient validity.

According to VFS Global, applications by Indian tourists for the Schengen visa usually take about 15 days to process, but this can extend up to 30 days during busy periods.

The Schengen visa fee is approximately Rs 7,200 for adults and Rs 3,600 for minors.

The Schengen visa holder can stay in the concerned country for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period. While the visa is not purpose-bound, it does not grant the right to work.

The Schengen area consists of 29 European countries (out of which 25 are EU states). These include Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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