25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Oswiecim, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h
9
Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then get a taste of the local shopping with Via Condotti, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome tour builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get a bit cooler in Rome: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with M.G. Design, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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 1st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in November, plan for slightly colder days in Venice, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

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

3
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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, view the masterpieces at Klassenfeind Gallery, then shop like a local with Sammlung Hoffman, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Soviet Gallery, then wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and finally view the masterpieces at art4berlin GALLERY.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Paris to Berlin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. Virgil, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, and finally steep yourself in history at Maria Am Gestade.

Plan trip to Vienna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Berlin to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Halaszbastya and Dohány Street Synagogue. Shop till you drop at Andrassy Avenue and Vaci Street. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Budapest sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
nights
Oswiecim, Poland

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum and Synagogue, then get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Family Home of John Paul II, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tychy Brewery Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oswiecim road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Oswiecim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December in Oswiecim, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Muzeum Zamkowe w Pszczynie, Family Home of John Paul II, Tychy Brewery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Jewish Museum and Synagogue ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue
Tychy Brewery Museum ©
Tychy Brewery Museum

3
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 16th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, and finally walk around Parco Civico. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Santa Petronilla, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant' Antonio Abate, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lugano vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oswiecim to Lugano in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Oswiecim in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Lugano, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Santa Petronilla, Fox Town Factory Stores
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria degli Angioli ©
Santa Maria degli Angioli
Santa Petronilla ©
Santa Petronilla
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

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