31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train + bus:  5​h
7
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect nights in Istanbul to be slightly colder, around 10°C, while days are cooler, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Matthias Church and House of Terror Museum. Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, shop like a local with Vaci Street, and step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Budapest are little chillier (3°C), and nights are colder (-4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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.
Do your shopping at Vienna Naschmarkt and Graben and Kohlmarkt. Do some cultural sightseeing at Belvedere Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Albertina, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), and see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip planner .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Prague Castle and Lesser Town. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jewish Museum in Prague and Prasna brana. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip builder .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get some historical perspective at Basilica di San Marco and Piazza San Marco. Step out of Venice with an excursion to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Prague in January, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Basilica di Santa Croce. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, steep yourself in history at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Florence day trip site .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and Ravello Arte. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Fornillo (in Positano).

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ravello trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ravello, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scala, Positano, Le Vigne di Raito, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Roman Forum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip app .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rome, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Champs-Elysees for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris travel route planner.

You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, then take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in January, with highs in Lisbon at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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