35 days in Europe Itinerary

35 days in Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  23 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
10
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Adelaide, 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Istanbul journey builder website .

Adelaide, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Adelaide to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in December, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (7°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
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.
House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Andrassy Avenue or Koller Gallery. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, get engrossed in the history at Hungarian National Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Budapest, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. The Hofburg and MuseumsQuartier Wien will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Haus der Musik Wien, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Maria Am Gestade.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Vienna trip tool .

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
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.
On the 31st (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and finally contemplate the long history of Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Prague trip maker app .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Appreciate the collections at Gallerie dell'Accademia and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Verona (Piazza delle Erbe & Museo di Castelvecchio). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, explore the activities along Canal Grande, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Venice sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Prague to Venice in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica di Santa Croce. Museum-lovers will get to explore Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Florence route planning app .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: highs in Florence hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
M.G. Design ©
M.G. Design
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Forum of Augustus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome attractions planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip website .

You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in January, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Atomium, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels road trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in January: highs in Brussels hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and shop like a local with Leidseplein.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Royal Palace and Stockholm Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Vasa Museum and Nordiska museet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Skansen, get a taste of the local shopping with Fargfabriken, get a new perspective on nature at Swedish Museum of Natural History, and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Stockholm in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Stockholm to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

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