26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Bring the kids along to Vasa Museum and Moderna Museet - Stockholm. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Skansen, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, engage your brain at National Museum of Science and Technology, and walk around Kungstradgarden Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Stockholm travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In June, Stockholm is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Junibacken ©
Junibacken
Skansen ©
Skansen

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
On the 17th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and then get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Kastellet, then step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Denmark, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

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.
Family-friendly places like Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: stroll around Phoenix Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michan's Church, get to know the resident critters at Dublin Zoo, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin attractions planning site .

Getting from Copenhagen to Dublin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In June in Dublin, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Family-friendly places like St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and stroll around Hyde Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the London online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally browse the exhibits of Casa Batllo. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Picasso, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip app .

Traveling by flight from London to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Barcelona. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Barcelona at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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 (Sat): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Pantheon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning tool .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Rome sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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 29th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Prater and then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Rome to Vienna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rome in June; daily highs in Vienna reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

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 1st (Wed): snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Halaszbastya. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue and then take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest online tour builder .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Theme Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

4
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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kapali Carsi make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 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. Traveling from Budapest in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

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