32 days in Europe Itinerary

32 days in Europe Itinerary

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32 days in Europe Itinerary

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

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.
Family-friendly places like Sultanahmet District and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. Historic Areas of Istanbul and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour itinerary planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 7 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: highs in Istanbul hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Doge's Palace and Canal Grande. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Giorgio Maggiore and St Mark's Campanile. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Istanbul to Venice by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Venice is minus 2 hours. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Siena Cathedral and Campanile di Giotto. Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza del Campo and The Baptistery of St. John. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Battistero di San Giovanni in Siena--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter's Basilica. Family-friendly places like Palatine Hill and Catacombe di San Callisto will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria della Vittoria, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Squarefor plenty of shopping. Family-friendly places like Belém Tower and Lisbon Oceanarium will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon tour planning website .

You can fly from Rome to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rome to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. April in Lisbon sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

3
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.
Attractions like Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick's Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Grafton Street and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, walk around St Stephens Green, and get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Dublin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, Dublin is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

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Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planning app .

You can fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in April, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping 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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lesser Town and Lobkowicz Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prague Castle and Prasna brana. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, see the interesting displays at NaFilM: National film museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague day trip tool .

Fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. April in Prague sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

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

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and Halaszbastya. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and shop like a local with Andrassy Avenue.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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