27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Historic Areas of Istanbul. Discover out-of-the-way places like Suleymaniye Cami and Sultanahmet District. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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 3rd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Halaszbastya. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in September since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, contemplate the long history of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Prague trip builder site .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in September, plan for slightly colder days in Prague, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pantheon and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Duomo di Orvieto in Orvieto, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in September, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip planning app .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Florence

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

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 Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Visit Castelo de S. Jorge and Castelo dos Mouros for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira) and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima).

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Florence to Lisbon. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in September, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, take in the pleasant sights at St Ninians Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, and finally identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB - Insh Marshes, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness day trip app .

You can fly from Paris to Inverness in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in September, expect Inverness to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Culloden Battlefield, Abernethy National Nature Reserve, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Aigas Field Centre
Highlights from your plan
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

1
night
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Stockholm Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan), and finally explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, then see the interesting displays at Skansen, and finally admire the striking features of Tyska Kyrkan (Old German Church).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Stockholm trip builder app .

Fly from Inverness to Stockholm in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Inverness to Stockholm, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Savior on the Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, stroll the grounds of Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planner .

You can fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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