28 days in Italy, Vienna & Budapest Itinerary

28 days in Italy, Vienna & Budapest Itinerary

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28 days in Italy, Vienna & Budapest Itinerary

Start: Terrigal, Australia
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Sorrento, Italy
— 3 nights
subway:  1​h 15​min
2
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  28​h
End: Terrigal, Australia

3
nights
Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento ©
A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
You've now added Tours of Pompeii with Lello & Co. to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Sorrento side-trips: Blue Grotto (in Anacapri) and Duomo di Ravello (in Ravello).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sorrento driving holiday planner.

Terrigal, Australia to Sorrento is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Terrigal to Sorrento is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Terrigal in September; daily highs in Sorrento reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Duomo di Ravello, Blue Grotto, Tours of Pompeii with Lello & Co.
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Blue Grotto ©
Blue Grotto

1
night
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Herculaneum, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, see the interesting displays at National Archaeological Museum of Naples, then get to know the fascinating history of Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Naples route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Sorrento to Naples in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Galleria dell'Accademia and Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele. Venture out of the city with trips to La Vela BeachClub (in Lido Di Camaiore), Bagno Maurizio (in Viareggio) and Marina di Pietrasanta (Eldorado & Bagno Eva). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Sorrento to Florence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, flight, and train. Traveling from Sorrento in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marina di Pietrasanta
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese, see the interesting displays at Miniera di Gambatesa, head outdoors with Cinque Terre Trails, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Bar Stella Marina, and finally hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take a stroll around Vernazza, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Manarola, then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Fegina, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese, Miniera di Gambatesa
Highlights from your plan
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia

1
night
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 1st (Mon), push the limits with an extreme tour, see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, then relax in the rural setting at Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), then ponder the world of politics at Castello Estense, and finally browse the exhibits of Palazzo dei Diamanti.

Make your Bologna itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Bologna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Ferrara, Maranello, MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca
Highlights from your plan
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get in touch with nature at Canal Grande and Blue Moon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio), Bibione (Bibione Spiaggia & La spiaggia di Pluto) and Bau Beach - CaorleSpiaggia (in Caorle). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to St. Mark's Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagni Alberoni, enjoy the sand and surf at Sabbia e Sale Feeling Beach, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Bologna to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Venice sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Padua, Bibione, Blue Moon, Bau Beach - CaorleSpiaggia, Sabbia e Sale Feeling Beach
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunner Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then see the interesting displays at Albertina, and finally take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then don't miss a visit to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vienna day trip planning website .

You can fly from Venice to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in October: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Escape the urban bustle at Danube River and Sas Hill Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budapest: Priest's Island (Pap-sziget) (in Szentendre) and Tagore Promenade (in Balatonfured). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest online journey planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Priest's Island (Pap-sziget), Tagore Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Vatican Museums and Colosseum. Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borghese and Sistine Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare (in Maccarese), Point Break (in Fregene) and Sabbianera Super Beach (in Anguillara Sabazia). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rome itinerary planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in October, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Point Break, Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare, Sabbianera Super Beach
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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