31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, 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 a sense of the local culture at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The State Hermitage Museum. Let the collections at Russian Museum and The Shadow Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and take in the exciting artwork at Tretyakov's Gallery.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in St. Petersburg at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace and The Great Synagogue of Stockholm are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Skansen and Stockholm Old Town. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, and see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Stockholm takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Stockholm sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll explore and learn at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Rosenborg Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nyhavn and Kastellet. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), try out the rides at Tivoli Gardens, and browse the exhibits of Thorvaldsens Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen online trip planner .

Getting from Stockholm to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Theme Parks Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

3
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 explore and learn at Westminster Abbey and Tate Modern. Natural History Museum and National Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and see the interesting displays at Apsley House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read London day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in London, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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 15th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online trip maker .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 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. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Florence online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Florence: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
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.
Visit Palatine Hill and Colosseum for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

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
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.
Popular historic sites such as Belvedere Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and MuseumsQuartier Wien. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace, don't miss a visit to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vienna visit planner .

Getting from Rome to Vienna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, Vienna is a bit cooler than Rome - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

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

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 historical perspective at Matthias Church and Hősök tere. Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror Museum and Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, take an in-depth tour of Hungarian National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Parliament, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topkapi Palace and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and learn about all things military at Askeri Muze ve Kultur Sitesi KomutanlIgI.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in September, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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