27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Naxos, Greece
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Alghero, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Madrid, Spain

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, and then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Dublin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Dublin to be little chillier, around 12°C, while days are colder, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Dublin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stendorren Nature Reserve and Stockholm Old Town. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Palace and Skansen. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, examine the collection at Fotografiska, and ski along the peaceful trails at The Green Trails.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Stockholm tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Stockholm takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dublin to Stockholm, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Stockholm sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Stendorren Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Museum-lovers will get to explore Russian Museum and The Bath Block. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, and explore the galleries of Peterhof Grand Palace.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg road trip planner.

Fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip app .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Istanbul takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Visit Alyko Beach and Kastraki Beach for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Fish & Olive and Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mikri Vigla Beach, explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum, and kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Naxos road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Naxos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Naxos is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alyko Beach ©
Alyko Beach
Portara ©
Portara
Fish & Olive ©
Fish & Olive

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 21st (Wed): appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube Bank, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Naxos to Budapest by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Budapest when traveling from Naxos in August, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Budapest

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

1
night
Alghero, Italy

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Trinita di Saccargia, then explore the ancient world of Nuraghe Sant'Antine, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Pelosa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Alghero trip itinerary app .

Getting from Budapest to Alghero by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Budapest in August, you will find days in Alghero are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

La Pelosa Beach, Basilica di Saccargia, Nuraghe Sant'Antine
Highlights from your plan
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nuraghe Sant'Antine ©
Nuraghe Sant'Antine

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.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning tool .

Getting from Alghero to Rome by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Siena Cathedral and Pitti Palace. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Piazza del Campo in Siena, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in August, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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