26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train + bus:  5​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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 (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then steep yourself in history at Citadel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Budapest is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, you will find days in Budapest are warmer (30°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Eiffel Tower and Montmartre for their historical value. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis, and admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris route maker .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in June: highs in Paris hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilmainham Gaol and Temple Bar. Relax by the water at Seapoint Beach and Sandymount Strand. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dublin Mountains, stroll through Dollymount Strand, and appreciate the history behind James Joyce Statue.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin journey planner.

You can fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Dublin is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration 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.
Get some cultural insight at Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Costa de Caparica. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, appreciate the history behind Memorial as Vitimas do Massacre Judaico de 1506, and contemplate the long history of Miradouro da Graca.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner .

Fly from Dublin to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in June; daily highs in Lisbon reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Storico and Gallerie Degli Uffizi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, kick back and relax at Lido Di Camaiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Visiting Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens are in your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ravello driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ravello, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Palatine Hill and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campidoglio, explore the striking landscape at Colle del Gianicolo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rome, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Suma Beach and Selimpasa Sahili. Get some historical perspective at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and take a stroll through Levent.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Rome in July, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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