40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  25​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Alghero, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). Visit Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas for their historical value. The adventure continues: examine the collection at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace, get engrossed in the history at Yusupov Palace, and explore the galleries of The Marly Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Moscow Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town Square, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

3
nights
Alghero, Italy

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Visit Chiesa di San Nicola and Nuraghe Losa for their historical value. Relax by the water at La Pelosa Beach and S'Archeddu 'e sa Canna. Venture out of the city with trips to Punta Negra (in Stintino), Bonarcado (Chiesa di Santa Maria & Santuario di Nostra Signora di Bonacattu) and Capo San Marco (in San Giovanni di Sinis). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Nuraghe Sant'Antine and take some stellar pictures from Casteddu Ezzu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Alghero online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Prague to Alghero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Prague in May, you will find days in Alghero are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Alghero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stintino, Bonarcado, Nuraghe Sant'Antine, S'Archeddu 'e sa Canna, Casteddu Ezzu
Highlights from your plan
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Nuraghe Sant'Antine ©
Nuraghe Sant'Antine
Chiesa di San Nicola ©
Chiesa di San Nicola

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Peter's Basilica and Colosseum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palatine Hill and Duomo di Orvieto. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and don't miss a visit to Pantheon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Alghero to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Alghero in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza della Signoria and Campanile di Giotto. Step out of Florence to go to Siena and see Piazza del Campo, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll through Park Guell.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Step off the beaten path and head to Park and National Palace of Pena and Praia de Melides. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Castle of the Moors & Quinta da Regaleira) and Praia da Gale-Fontainhas (in Grandola). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge and view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sintra, Praia de Melides, Praia da Gale-Fontainhas
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe. Palace of Versailles and The Catacombs of Paris will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Paris is 1 hour. In June, Paris is slightly colder than Lisbon - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Groeningemuseum, Church of Our Lady Bruges, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, admire the natural beauty at Castle of Laeken, and don't miss a visit to Atomium.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brussels road trip website .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Basilica and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. June in Krakow sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and House of Terror Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Buda Castle. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Krakow in June: highs in Budapest hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Popular historic sites such as Basilica Cistern and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online vacation planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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