30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bundaberg, Australia
Fly:  31​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  5​h
7
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Subway + Train:  3​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Bundaberg, 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.
Appreciate the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rumeli Fortress. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planning tool .

Bundaberg, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bundaberg in August, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate the long history of Hungarian National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Budapest online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Budapest when traveling from Istanbul in August, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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 23rd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally admire the striking features of Maria Am Gestade.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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 25th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, and finally examine the collection at Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. On the next day, explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ca' d'Oro.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Prague to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in August, with highs in Venice at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

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

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Fornillo, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di castiglione, examine the collection at Museo della Carta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip 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. Traveling from Florence in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ravello, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Fornillo
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rome visit 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. Traveling from Ravello in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rome, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 4th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris trip website .

Fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rome in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vasa Museum and Skansen. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Palace and Fotografiska Stockholm. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Drottningholm Palace, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, admire the masterpieces at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm road trip planning website .

You can fly from Paris to Stockholm in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Stockholm is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Savior on the Spilled Blood and Peterhof Grand Palace. Get some cultural insight at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky, browse the exhibits of The Marly Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg road trip planner .

You can fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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