38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul online trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Istanbul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manila to Istanbul. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Manila in June; daily highs in Istanbul reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Archaeological Site Mycenae will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Hephaestus and National Archaeological Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Nafplio (Nauplion Promenade & Bourtzi). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, stop by Plaka, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Athens itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. In July, Athens is somewhat warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ravello, Italy

— 2 nights
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, steep yourself in history at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally examine the collection at Museo della Carta. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, then take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Grande, and finally view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ravello travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Ravello takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Ravello due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in Ravello are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Pantheon. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, wander the streets of Trastevere, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome travel route planning site.

You can drive from Ravello to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ravello in July, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza del Campo and Palazzo Vecchio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Siena and Castello del Trebbio. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip tool.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Mark's Campanile and San Giorgio Maggiore. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Arena di Verona, &more) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip website.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Venice sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, shop like a local with Getreidegasse, steep yourself in history at Franziskanerkirche, then contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg trip maker app.

You can drive from Venice to Salzburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in July; daily highs in Salzburg reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Budapest day trip app.

Drive from Salzburg to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Budapest are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Paris online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Paris are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ABBA The Museum and Moderna Museet - Stockholm. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Skansen, attend a concert at Grona Lunds Tivoli, get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, and explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stockholm road trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Stockholm by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, Stockholm is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. The State Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Palace Square, appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks