37 days in Europe Itinerary

37 days in Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train + subway:  3​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  7​h
7
Alghero, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
8
Rethymnon, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
9
Naxos, Greece
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  23​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 some cultural sightseeing at Russian Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Church Building Museum, examine the collection at The Shadow Museum, and admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg is minus 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica Cistern and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take a stroll through Ortakoy, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul route planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Istanbul takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Petersburg in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Doge's Palace. Let the collections at Gallerie dell'Accademia and Ca' d'Oro capture your imagination. There's much more to do: make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, explore the world behind art at Punta della Dogana, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Venice attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Venice, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for little chillier nights in Venice, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

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

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pitti Palace and Piazzale Michelangelo. Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Siena Cathedral & Piazza del Campo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
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.
Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini. Get some historical perspective at Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rome vacation maker site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Visiting Spiaggia di castiglione and Bagni d'Arienzo will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal or Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Change things up with a short trip to Fornillo in Positano (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Ravello, pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiostro del Paradiso, and see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ravello road trip website .

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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in October since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Basilica of Saint Trofimena
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

3
nights
Alghero, Italy

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nuraghe Sant'Antine and S'Archittu. Visiting Capo San Marco and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Alghero: I Gatti di Su Pallosu (in San Vero Milis), Spiaggia dell'Arco (in S'archittu) and La Pelosa Beach (in Stintino).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Alghero road trip website .

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Ravello to Alghero in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Alghero when traveling from Ravello in October, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Capo San Marco, Spiaggia dell'Arco, Nuraghe Sant'Antine, S'Archittu, La Pelosa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spiaggia dell'Arco ©
Spiaggia dell'Arco
Capo San Marco ©
Capo San Marco

3
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Episkopi Beach and Glika Nera Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Frangokastello Beach (in Frangokastello) and War Museum Askifou (in Askifou). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Skinaria Beach, view the masterpieces at Terzisart, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rethymnon online tour builder .

You can fly from Alghero to Rethymnon in 8.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Alghero to Rethymnon due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naxos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Skinaria Beach, Glika Nera Beach, War Museum Askifou, Olive Wood Traditional Workshop
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Glika Nera Beach ©
Glika Nera Beach

5
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fish & Olive and Agios Prokopios Beach. Visiting Maragas Beach and Mikri Vigla Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Town, stroll through Agiassos Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Drossiani Church, and see the interesting displays at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Naxos trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Rethymnon to Naxos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

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