19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train + bus:  5​h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. You'll explore and learn at Russian Museum and The State Hermitage Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect St. Petersburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti. On the next day, take a stroll through Lesser Town, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and finally get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Prague journey maker tool .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Prague by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence tour website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Budapest to Florence in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
We've included these beaches for you: Spiaggia di castiglione and Fornillo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Vigne di Raito and Villa Cimbrone Gardens.

Plan trip to Ravello with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Ravello. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca, Fornillo, Le Vigne di Raito
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, make a trip to Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rome online road trip planner .

Do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in July, plan for little chillier nights in Rome, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
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.
Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can 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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