19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome online holiday maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Go for a jaunt from Florence to Pisa to see Leaning Tower of Pisa about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder app .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then browse the exhibits of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): make a trip to Hotel de Ville, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Paris in December; daily highs in Prague reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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