27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train + bus:  5​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
subway + train:  3​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
11
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, take a stroll through Ortakoy, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel site .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube, appreciate the extensive heritage of Andrassy Avenue, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for much colder nights in Budapest, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, then wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, then explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and finally see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, then examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip planning website .

Getting from Vienna to Venice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Vienna in September, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Uffizi Galleries. Your inner history buff will appreciate Siena Cathedral and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Piazza del Campo (in Siena) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Guardastelle Vineyard
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

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, kick back and relax at Lido di Ravello, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then revel in the low prices at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di castiglione, and finally learn about winemaking at Le Vigne di Raito.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ravello trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in September since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Vigne di Raito, Fornillo, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

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 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the striking features of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome route planner .

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ravello in September since evenings lows in Rome dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then wander the streets of Alfama, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon online tour planner .

Getting from Rome to Lisbon by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): wander the streets of Temple Bar, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at James Joyce Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland, then shop like a local with Grafton Street, then see the interesting displays at Dublin Writers Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dublin tour planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in October: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 16°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

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 4th (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar, then steep yourself in history at St Ninians Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Urquhart Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Wardlaw Mausoleum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tollie Red Kites, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.

To plan Inverness vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Dublin to Inverness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Tollie Red Kites, Culloden Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre

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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Inverness to Paris in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Inverness to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from Inverness in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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