31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Naxos, Greece
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace and Vasa Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Skansen and Royal Armory. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm online trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Stockholm. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get slightly colder in Stockholm: highs are around 70°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

4
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 Russian Museum and Peterhof Grand Palace. Get some historical perspective at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at Sovereign's Fun, contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace, and admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg. August in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

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 Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Istanbul takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Istanbul is somewhat warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

6
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Maragas Beach and Alyko Beach. Get in touch with nature at Kastraki Beach and Mikri Vigla Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Agios Prokopios Beach, view the masterpieces at Fish & Olive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plaka Beach, and examine the collection at Eggares Olive Press Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Naxos online road trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Naxos by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Fish & Olive ©
Fish & Olive

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.
On the 19th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Budapest visit planner .

You can fly from Naxos to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Naxos in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Budapest. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Pantheon. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in August; daily highs in Rome reach 90°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Campo. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John for their historical value. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria.

For maps and other tourist information, read Florence travel route builder tool .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Palace of Versailles and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planning site .

Fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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