19 days in Northwest Italy & Central Europe Itinerary

19 days in Northwest Italy & Central Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Northwest Italy & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  27​h
1
Parma, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Parma, Italy

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di Parma, then relax in the rural setting at Caseificio San Pier Damiani, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Parma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, then see the interesting displays at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, and finally walk around Parco Ducale.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Parma holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Parma is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect nights in Parma to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Parma

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maranello, MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Cattedrale di Parma ©
Cattedrale di Parma
Battistero di Parma ©
Battistero di Parma

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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rome day trip tool .

Getting from Parma to Rome by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a 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

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 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and finally explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
On the 24th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Prague vacation planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in September, with highs in Prague at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Budapest sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

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

4
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Oswiecim to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip maker site .

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in September: highs in Krakow hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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