38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive
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Patras, Greece
— 1 night
Drive
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bari, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights

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Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Visiting Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste and Donauinsel will get you outdoors. Schonbrunn Palace and The Hofburg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Dorotheum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center of Vienna.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planner.

If you are flying in from Iceland, the closest major aiport is Vienna International Airport. July in Vienna sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Head to Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) and Andrassy Avenuefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Palatinus Strandfürdő and Roman Beach. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Belgrade, Serbia

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, engage your brain at Nikola Tesla Museum, take a stroll through Skadarlija, then take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, and finally contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Crkva Svetog Marka.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Belgrade takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. July in Belgrade sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sofia.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, then look for gifts at Galeria Nina, and finally take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum of Socialist Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of History, and finally steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary site.

Fly from Belgrade to Sofia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Plovdiv sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll set off for Istanbul on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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 Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, discover the deep blue sea with Deepist Diving & Travel, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Plovdiv to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Plovdiv in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Istanbul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 3 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Get in touch with nature at Kallitheas Beach and Afytos Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Hagios Demetrios and Museum of Byzantine Culture. Step out of Thessaloniki with an excursion to Mosaics24 in Hanioti--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, steep yourself in history at Church of St.Sophia, take a stroll through Ladadika District, and appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip builder.

You can fly from Istanbul to Thessaloniki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Thessaloniki. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Thessaloniki hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Patras.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Patras, Greece

— 1 night
Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215km west of Athens. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castle of Patras, then learn about winemaking at Achaia Clauss Winery, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Patras, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Tou Agiou Andrea.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Patras online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Patras takes 5.5 hours. In August in Patras, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Patras

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Head to Technohoros Art Gallery and Pandora Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, stop by Electra Raikos Exact Museum Copies, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Glyfada Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Patras to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Patras in August, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bari.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Bari, Italy

— 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
On the 16th (Mon), catch some excitement at Zoosafari, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido Ottagono, and then see what you can catch with Pescaturismo Francesco. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Lungomare Imperatore Augusto and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bari holiday planner.

Fly from Athens to Bari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in August: high temperatures in Bari hover around 35°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Bari

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples, then take in the exciting artwork at Museodivino, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Naples road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bari to Naples takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Via Condotti and Trevimage. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome journey planner.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Galleria Gagliardi. Shop till you drop at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri and Studio d'Arte Santagostino. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the exciting artwork at Limbo Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To plan Florence vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Doge's Palace and Percorso trincee sul Massiccio del Grappa – localita Col Campeggia for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: PDC Cartizze (in Valdobbiadene), ATN Laguna Sud (in Lova) and Oasi Ca' di Mezzo (in Codevigo). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, shop like a local with Itaca Art Studio di Monica Martin, and take in the exciting artwork at Laboratori Artigiano Vetro Calchera Fabio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip app.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 30th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, and finally get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo. On the next day, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

Drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip