37 days in Europe Itinerary

37 days in Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome holiday maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for much colder days in Rome, with highs around 16°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then stroll through Park Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then examine the collection at Museo Picasso, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

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

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift, view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip maker .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of British Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our London trip builder tool .

Fly from Lisbon to London in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon in December, expect London to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planning website .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels travel route planning app .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

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

3
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: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and enjoy some diversion at Museumphoto.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, take a stroll through Mala strana, get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, and meet the residents at Prague Zoo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in January, with highs in Prague at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Vienna is known for museums, parks, nightlife, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace, admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Vienna sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planning tool .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

5
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. While traveling from Budapest, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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