36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hobart, Australia
Fly:  29​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Hobart, Australia

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 explore and learn at Vatican Museums and I Colori di Dentro di Maria Grazia Luffarelli. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa Adriana, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take a stroll through Trastevere, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome travel planner .

Hobart, Australia to Rome is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hobart to Rome is minus 9 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in June: high temperatures in Rome hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For shopping fun, head to M.G. Design or Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri. Get some cultural insight at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Venture out of the city with trips to Bagno Maurizio (in Viareggio) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence travel route planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. June in Florence sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bagno Maurizio, Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

4
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 some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Visiting Canal Grande and Sunny Pet Ufficio 19 will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, & more), Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel) and Riviera 6 - Bagno 6 (in Lignano Riviera). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oratorio dei Crociferi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice holiday planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Verona, Padua, Lignano Sabbiadoro
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

6
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 plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Plage du Butin (in Honfleur), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Versailles, Plage du Butin, Chateau de Chambord
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Avenue Jean Medecin. Relax by the water at Coco Beach and Plage de la Lanterne. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at L'illa Roja and Playa de La Barceloneta. Escape the urban bustle at Platja Port Bo and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, walk around Parc Guell, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from Nice to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

L'illa Roja, Platja Port Bo
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. Step out of the city life by going to Picnic Madrid and Balloon Rides. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Catedral Primada & Casco Historico de Toledo). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, don't miss a visit to Gran Via, and wander the wide-open spaces of Horse Riding Madrid.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Madrid route planning site .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in July: highs in Madrid hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal), Nazare (Praia do Norte & Praia da Nazare) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, and admire the striking features of Igreja de Sao Roque.

For ratings and tourist information, read Lisbon day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. In July, Lisbon is little chillier than Madrid - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sintra, Nazare, Parque Natural da Arrabida
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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