29 days in Europe Itinerary

29 days in Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, get engrossed in the history at Welcome to Rome, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Rome to be much colder, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In February in Florence, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campo del Ghetto, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice journey planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Popular historic sites such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris, and take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then don't miss a visit to Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in February, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Rijksmuseum and Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stop by The American Book Center, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and shop like a local with Leidseplein.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam travel route app .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In February in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then get outside with Prague for Two, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
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 (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, look for gifts at Herend Porcelain - Hadik Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Adnan and Hasan Carpet and Kilim Storefor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get to know the fascinating history of Golden Horn, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in February, with highs in Istanbul at 11°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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