23 days in Italy, Belgium & Skopje Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Belgium & Skopje Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Shuttle + Fly:  8 h
3
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
5
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking tours as well as Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the 11th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), see the interesting displays at Atomium, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brussels attractions planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Brussels is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Brussels. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Gravensteen (in Ghent). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Markt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jeruzalemkerk, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Skopje.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Menin Gate Memorial, Gravensteen
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
The Markt ©
The Markt

6
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski (in Gostivar), Mavrovo (Mavrovo National Park & Mavrovo Lake) and Xhamia E Larme (in Tetovo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, explore the ancient world of Kokino, steep yourself in history at Old Bazaar, Skopje, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Panteleimon.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Skopje day trip app.

Getting from Bruges to Skopje by combination of train, shuttle, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bruges in September, expect nights in Skopje to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Skopje

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mavrovo, Monastery St. Jovan Bigorski, Xhamia E Larme, Kokino
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park
Mavrovo Lake ©
Mavrovo Lake

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 23rd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and then make a trip to Piazza Navona.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rome using our trip planner.

You can fly from Skopje to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Skopje in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Milan is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Milan vacation planning site.

Traveling by train from Rome to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Fornillo (in Positano) and Vesuvio National Park (in Ottaviano). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Naples trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Milan to Naples in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Milan in September since evenings lows in Naples dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Fornillo, Vesuvio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Vesuvio National Park ©
Vesuvio National Park

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