23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  8​h
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Little Hagia Sophia, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami . Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum.

Plan my day in Istanbul using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Wellington, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Wellington to Istanbul, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in August, expect Istanbul to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 6th (Thu): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On your second day here, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get outdoors at Spiaggia di castiglione and Bagni d'Arienzo. Visit Lido di Ravello and Fornillo for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, stroll through Villa Cimbrone Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrow (Sancturio Maria Santissima Addolorata).

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ravello trip maker .

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Ravello hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Lido Capo di Conca, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrow (Sancturio Maria Santissima Addolorata)
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione

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 11th (Tue): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence holiday planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in August, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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
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 13th (Thu), admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to St. Mark's Square. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Venice day trip website .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip maker .

Fly from Venice to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Venice in August, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Budapest. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, take in the waterfront at Nyhavn, then steep yourself in history at Church of Our Saviour, and finally take a stroll through Christiania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg, see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and then contemplate the long history of Christiansborg Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Copenhagen road trip site .

You can fly from Budapest to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Budapest in August; daily highs in Copenhagen reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Amalienborg ©
Amalienborg

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Nevsky Prospekt, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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