26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then steep yourself in history at Belém Tower, then take a stroll through Bairro Alto, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Lisbon is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Lisbon is minus 12 hours. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): stroll through Barceloneta Beach, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

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You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 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. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Get some historical perspective at St. Peter's Basilica and Roman Forum. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
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.
On the 9th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crypt of Santa Reparata, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

3
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.
Visit Basilica di San Marco and St. Mark's Square for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doge's Palace and Campo del Ghetto. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, make a trip to Dorsoduro, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Powder Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Prague Zoo, then get outside with Prague for Two, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in May, expect Prague to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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 16th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion, then go for a walk through Roman Beach, and finally stroll through Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Prague in May, you will find days in Budapest are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Bentler Tabiat Parki. Spend the 23rd (Sat) floating through the air with a balloon tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take a stroll through Ortakoy, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip site .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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