36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
7
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
bus + train:  5​h
8
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The State Hermitage Museum and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Popular historic sites such as Savior on the Spilled Blood and The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and examine the collection at Russian Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, St. Petersburg is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace and Riddarholmen Church. Get in touch with nature at Stockholm Old Town and Sandhamn. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Skansen, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, take an in-depth tour of Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), and explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Stockholm by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Stockholm are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

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.
StaromEstske namEsti and Prague Astronomical Clock are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Prague Castle and Stary zidovsky Hrbitov. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague online holiday planner .

You can fly from Stockholm to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Stockholm in August, you will find days in Prague are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kilmainham Gaol and National Gallery of Ireland will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Dublin to go to Kilkenny and see Kilkenny Castle, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Temple Bar, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at James Joyce Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip tool .

You can fly from Prague to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. September in Dublin sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kilkenny Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in September, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and Piazza Navona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Rome reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Ravello and Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma. Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Villa Rufolo will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Positano (Fornillo & Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano) and Marina di Praia Beach (in Praiano).

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ravello online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Ravello. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Marina di Praia Beach, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Lido Capo di Conca
Highlights from your plan
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ravello in September since evenings lows in Florence dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di San Marco and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Venice vacation builder website .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Halaszbastya and Dohány Street Synagogue will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Budapest online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in September, expect Budapest to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Rumeli Fortress, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online visit planner .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in September, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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