20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Adelaide, Australia

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary maker .

Adelaide, Australia to Rome is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Adelaide to Rome, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Rome is somewhat warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Duomo di Modena and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 13°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zurich.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, Duomo di Modena
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then don't miss a visit to Niederdorf, and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Florence in May; daily highs in Zurich reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Signori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder website .

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, Venice is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Padua, Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then contemplate the long history of Citadel, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Roman Beach, and then head off the coast to Margaret Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Venice in May since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Visit Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like StaromEstske namEsti and Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Kutna Hora (St Barbara's Church & Ossuary / The Cemetery Church). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Svateho Vita, admire the landmark architecture of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, take a stroll through Lesser Town, and learn about all things military at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Prague holiday planning website .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for little chillier days in Prague, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost ©
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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