39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Mauritshuis (in The Hague) and Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Jordaan, take an in-depth tour of Amsterdam Maritime History Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum Willet-Holthuysen, and examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Amsterdam, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Amsterdam to be colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frans Hals Museum, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musical Instruments Museum and Grand Place. Appreciate the collections at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Belgian Centre of Comic Strip Art. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and get curious at Atomium.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

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

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.
Musée d'Orsay and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musée Rodin capture your imagination. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dôme Sacre Coeur, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris custom trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
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.
On the 29th (Fri), examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, appreciate the history behind Casa Batlló, then examine the collection at El Cafè de la Pedrera, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell, examine the collection at Picasso Museum, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona holiday planner.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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.
Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome vacation builder.

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Take Me Out in Tuscany in Siena, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Florence online itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Classes

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doges' Palace and Ca' Rezzonico. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannaregio and Ponte dei Sospiri. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in January, expect Venice to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Belvedere Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. Get some cultural insight at Kunsthistorisches Museum and St. Stephen's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Albertina, stroll through Schönbrunn Palace, and brush up on your military savvy at Heeresgeschichtliches Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in January, with highs in Vienna at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Hősök tere. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and House of Terror. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), see the interesting displays at Memento Park, and pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ortakoy and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Istanbul tour planner.

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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