33 days in Europe Itinerary

33 days in Europe Itinerary

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33 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Portland, United States

1
night
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at ABBA The Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and then examine the collection at Skansen. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, then step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm tour planner .

Portland, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Portland to Stockholm, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in August, expect Stockholm to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
ABBA The Museum ©
ABBA The Museum
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Nevsky Prospekt or Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykh. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Savior on the Spilled Blood. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, walk around Catherine Palace and Park, admire the landmark architecture of Peterhof Grand Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac'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.
Jewish Museum in Prague and Strahov Monastery will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katedrala Svateho Vita and Spanish Synagogue. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube, see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and savor the flavors at Central Market Hall.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Budapest online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Prague in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, and browse the different shops at Viaport Marina.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation website .

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 changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in Istanbul. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Palatine Hill. Popular historic sites such as Roman Forum and St. Peter's Basilica are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome. August in Rome sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le mura di Lucca and Piazza del Campo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Florence online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, expect little chillier with lows of 64°F in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pisa, Siena, Le mura di Lucca
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Batllo and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Step off the beaten path and head to Casa Mila - La Pedrera and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, see the interesting displays at Fundacio Joan Miro, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona journey planner .

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in September, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Rossio Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, and finally shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, then snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Lisbon are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles. Explore hidden gems such as Seine River and Île de la Cité. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, examine the collection at Musee Nissim de Camondo, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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