24 days in Eastern Europe, Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

24 days in Eastern Europe, Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Eastern Europe, Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
2
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Photogallery Rachmaninov Garden. Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg. In October, St. Petersburg is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Take a break from the city and head to Abernethy National Nature Reserve and Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn. Your inner history buff will appreciate Culloden Battlefield and Urquhart Castle. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to RSPB - Insh Marshes (in Kingussie), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). The adventure continues: pick up some local products at Ferintosh Community Market, stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum, and witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Inverness trip planner .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Inverness in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in October, expect nights in Inverness to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Culloden Battlefield, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Ferintosh Community Market
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at National Gallery of Ireland and James Joyce Cultural Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Temple Bar, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, and shop like a local with Grafton Street.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip maker site .

Fly from Inverness to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Le Marais, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris tour app .

You can fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Paris sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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 13th (Sun): view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in October, things will get a bit warmer in Florence: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cupola di San Pietro and St. Peter's Basilica. Popular historic sites such as Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

Discover how to plan a Rome trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in October, with highs in Budapest at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Albertina and MuseumsQuartier Wien. Get some historical perspective at Belvedere Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Vienna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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