22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
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 6th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Budapest online travel route planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Budapest is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get cooler in Budapest: highs are around 3°C and lows about -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and finally examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg). On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunner Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, then steep yourself in history at Freyung, and finally wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunner Gardens ©
Schonbrunner Gardens

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 10th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, browse the exhibits of Fortress Hohensalzburg, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and then stroll through Waidring - Steinplatte.

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Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Waidring - Steinplatte
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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 12th (Tue): get outside with Prague for Two, see the interesting displays at Prasna brana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Prague route maker tool .

You can drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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.
On the 14th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris journey planner .

Fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get outdoors at Cabo da Roca and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lisbon vacation planner .

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In January, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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 19th (Tue): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Florence online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Florence. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lisbon in January, with highs in Florence at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), steep yourself in history at KIz Kulesi, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and browse the exhibits of Rumeli Fortress.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary planner .

Getting from Rome to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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