31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Savior on the Spilled Blood. Get some historical perspective at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in July; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Visit Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Liberty Statue and Citadel. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, and get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest driving holiday app .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in July: highs in Budapest hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Schonbrunner Gardens and MuseumsQuartier Wien. Belvedere Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, contemplate the long history of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vienna online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

3
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.
Katedrala Svateho Vita and Karlstejn Castle will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prague Castle and Lesser Town. The adventure continues: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, contemplate the long history of Prasna brana, and don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Prague travel route planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Karlstejn Castle
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Visit Palace of Versailles and Sainte-Chapelle for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Louvre Museum. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Paris using our trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, then steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, then get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Dublin is minus 1 hour. In July, Dublin is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quinta da Regaleira and Castelo dos Mouros. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de S. Jorge and Park and National Palace of Pena. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, do a tasting at The Best Portugal, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon travel route site .

You can fly from Dublin to Lisbon in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In July, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le mura di Lucca and Uffizi Galleries. Visit Siena Cathedral and The Baptistery of St. John for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Piazza del Campo about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Florence in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Florence due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca
Highlights from your plan
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Church of St. Louis of the French. Palatine Hill and Colosseum will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Villa Adriana in Tivoli--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Historic Areas of Istanbul for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online road trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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