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
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Do your shopping at Tretyakov's Gallery and Photogallery Rachmaninov Garden. Appreciate the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with MARS Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online journey 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) to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 1°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness Storehouse. Bring the kids along to National Gallery of Ireland and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, make a trip to Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and admire the striking features of Christ Church Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Dublin in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in December, with highs in Dublin at 10°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
National Gallery of Ireland ©
National Gallery of Ireland

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.
On the 20th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and finally admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

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Traveling by flight from Dublin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Amsterdam. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
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.
Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center, take in the exciting artwork at Studio Baxton, and browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brussels online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

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

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Get some historical perspective at Palace of Versailles and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, view the masterpieces at French Arts Factory, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Head to M.G. Design and Limbo Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico in Siena, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planning tool .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Family-friendly places like Colosseum and Catacombe di San Callisto will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria, and get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
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.
Belvedere Palace and Schonbrunn Palace will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Haus der Musik Wien. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Albertina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Rome to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rome in January; daily highs in Vienna reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. Kids will enjoy Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budapest road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
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.
Visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning app .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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