36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Nice, France
— 2 nights
train:  8​h
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
12
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
13
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
14
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 7th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges route planner .

Getting from Paris to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip site .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally examine the collection at Pergamon Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Berlin journey planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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 next day, don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take a stroll through Old Town Square, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Prague itinerary planner .

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. July in Prague sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and finally make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Prague to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Campo del Ghetto. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Salzburg in July, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): meet the residents at Marineland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and finally contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice travel route tool .

You can drive from Florence to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in July, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to La Boqueria. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Magic Fountain (Font Magica), then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nice to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the striking features of Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Puerta del Sol, explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, then see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and finally admire the striking features of Metropol Parasol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, get great views at Seville Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque de Maria Luisa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Espana.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seville tour planner .

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Seville, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Alfama, make a trip to Santa Justa Lift, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Seville to Lisbon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Seville to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seville in August, expect Lisbon to be slightly colder, temps between 35°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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