36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  30​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Savior on the Spilled Blood and Peterhof Grand Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at The State Hermitage Museum and The Bath Block. And it doesn't end there: walk around Catherine Palace and Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Petersburg is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Auckland to St. Petersburg. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Petersburg, with highs around 19°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vasa Museum and Skansen. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Palace and Royal Armory. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Drottningholm Palace, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Riddarholmen Church.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm is minus 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Discover out-of-the-way places like Montmartre and Île de la Cité. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris travel route builder website .

You can fly from Stockholm to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Quinta da Regaleira and Castelo dos Mouros. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Park and National Palace of Pena about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lisbon itinerary planner .

Fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Lisbon reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Duomo di Orvieto in Orvieto, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Rome takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Rome is 1 hour. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Basilica di Santa Croce. Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza del Campo and Duomo di Siena. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and then take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Prague day trip planning website .

You can fly from Florence to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in September: high temperatures in Prague hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

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

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 historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Albertina and MuseumsQuartier Wien. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, admire the landmark architecture of Maria Am Gestade, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, then explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Budapest online journey planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Areas of Istanbul and Sultanahmet District. Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Bentler Tabiat Parki. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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