24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Savior on the Spilled Blood and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Get some historical perspective at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer 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. June in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan), get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Skansen. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Fotografiska Stockholm, then head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Royal Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tyska Kyrkan (Old German Church).

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Stockholm travel route website .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm is minus 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker .

You can fly from Stockholm to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Stockholm in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Belém Tower and Park and National Palace of Pena. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in June since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Florence day trip website .

Getting from Barcelona to Florence by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palatine Hill and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Budapest is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Historic Areas of Istanbul. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour itinerary site .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Traveling from Budapest in July, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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