29 days in Europe Itinerary

29 days in Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  9​h
3
Ambleside, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 15​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Subway:  3​h
9
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  20​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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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.
Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Bring the kids along to Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami . Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Istanbul. In June, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Kids will enjoy Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. Head to Vaci Street and Andrassy Avenuefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budapest itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in June, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

1
night
Ambleside, United Kingdom

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get all the information you need at Brockhole on Windermere, then see the interesting displays at The World of Beatrix Potter, then examine the collection at Lakeland Motor Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catbells Lakeland Walk, stop by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, and then explore the activities along Lake Windermere.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ambleside trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Budapest to Ambleside in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Windermere, The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Catbells Lakeland Walk, Lakeland Motor Museum
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Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House ©
Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Natural History Museum and Tower Bridge. Get a sense of the local culture at Westminster Abbey and National Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, contemplate the long history of Churchill War Rooms, and wander the streets of Hampstead.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the London vacation builder app .

You can take a train from Ambleside to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in London are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee Bourdelle, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Visit Basilica di San Marco and Campo del Ghetto for their historical value. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, take in the exciting artwork at Atelier d'Arte La Colonna, get a taste of the local shopping with ar33studio, and kick back and relax at Bagni Alberoni.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Venice tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Venice at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

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 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, shop like a local with Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit Vatican Museums and Roman Forum for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rome travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiostro del Paradiso, and finally stroll through Valle dei Mulini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): stop by Kundry Bottega d'Arte, get a taste of the local shopping with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, pause for some serene contemplation at San Lorenzo Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Ravello.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ravello day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Ravello: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
Highlights from your plan
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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