41 days in Europe Itinerary

41 days in Europe Itinerary

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41 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Barcelona, Spain

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Suleymaniye Cami and Gulhane Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi. Step out of Istanbul with an excursion to Altinkemer Local Beach in Karamursel--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Eminonu Square, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Istanbul to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Altinkemer Local Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Plaka, stroll through Glyfada Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Athena Nike.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: high temperatures in Athens hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
On the 30th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Mon Repos Palace.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Corfu Town trip maker app .

Getting from Athens to Corfu Town by combination of subway and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Corfu Town, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Split.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Achilleion Museum
Highlights from your plan
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Corfu Old Town ©
Corfu Old Town
Mon Repos Palace ©
Mon Repos Palace

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 1st (Thu), don't miss a visit to Fortress Mirabella (Peovica), contemplate the long history of Fortress Starigrad (Fortica), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Jupiter. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Old Split, do a tasting at Putalj Winery, and then hunt for treasures at Split Market.

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You can fly from Corfu Town to Split in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. August in Split sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Omis
Highlights from your plan
Old Split ©
Old Split
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Temple of Jupiter ©
Temple of Jupiter

3
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Port of Rovinj. Do some cultural sightseeing at Porec Old Town and Church of St. Euphemia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovinj: Ancient City Walls (in Motovun), Round Tower (in Porec) and Dvigrad (in Kanfanar). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, and don't miss a visit to Trevisol Street.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovinj day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Split to Rovinj takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rovinj when traveling from Split in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Porec, Pula, Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, Dvigrad
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then examine the collection at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally look for gifts at Dora. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marija Bistrica Church, then kick back and relax at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum and Andautonia Archaeological Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Rovinj to Zagreb in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rovinj in August, with highs in Zagreb at 32°C and lows at 17°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Marija Bistrica Church
Highlights from your plan
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
On the 8th (Thu), wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrezje. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Radovljica Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Skofja Loka Castle & Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Ljubljanski Grad, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Stolnica Sv. Nikolaja).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Zagreb to Ljubljana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Radovljica Old Town, Skofja Loka Castle & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town
Ljubljana Castle ©
Ljubljana Castle

6
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 Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Beach and Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi. When in Budapest, make a side trip to see Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral in Esztergom, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, make a trip to Vaci Street, steep yourself in history at Citadel, and wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Ljubljana to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Beach, Wesselenyi Beach Balatonalmadi, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

6
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.
Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Graben and Kohlmarktfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vienna: Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein) and Wachau Valley (in Joching). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), make a trip to Stephansplatz, and get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Melk Abbey, Wachau Valley, Burgruine Duernstein
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle and then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Prague driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Prague sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

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

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Mitte. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Potsdam's Gardens and THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Get out of town with these interesting Berlin side-trips: Potsdam (Neues Palais & Sanssouci Palace). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Berlin, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbar Mitte.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip maker .

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Marken and De Duif. Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, walk around Vondelpark, buy something for everyone on your list at De Beurspassage, and examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Amsterdam City Tours
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Portuguese Synagogue ©
Portuguese Synagogue

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