44 days in Europe Itinerary

44 days in Europe Itinerary

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44 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  29​h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
7
Rethymnon, Greece
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Naxos, Greece
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Canberra, Australia

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Palace and Skansen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stockholm Old Town and Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, examine the collection at ABBA The Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, and hunt for treasures at Ostermalm Saluhall.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm route builder tool .

Canberra, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Canberra to Stockholm, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Canberra in October, you will find days in Stockholm are colder (12°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
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.
Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, contemplate the long history of The General Staff Building, get engrossed in the history at Yusupov Palace, and explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Stockholm, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Peter and Paul Fortress ©
Peter and Paul Fortress

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dohány Street Synagogue and Fisherman's Bastion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in October: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Parks
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Galleria dell'Accademia and Uffizi Galleries. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Centro Storico. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Budapest to Florence in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in October: high temperatures in Florence hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Step off the beaten path and head to Civita di Bagnoregio and Maioliche Pia. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and take a stroll through Via Condotti.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rome travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Maioliche Pia, Vatican Museums, Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ancient Kamiros and The Church of the Panagia. Visit Medieval City and Church of Our Lady of Filerimos for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rhodes Town: Lindos (Lindos Beach & Acropolis of Lindos). On the 20th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Faliraki Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Mandraki Harbour and step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rhodes Town itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Rhodes Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rhodes Town when traveling from Rome in October, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lindos, Faliraki Beach, Ancient Kamiros, Church of Our Lady of Filerimos
Highlights from your plan
Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
Medieval City ©
Medieval City

5
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
The Venetian Fortezza and The Holy Monastery of Preveli will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Heraklion Archaeological Museum and St. Nicholas Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rethymnon: Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete (in Heraklion), Ancient Aptera (in Souda) and Chania Town (Archaeological Museum of Chania, Greek National Football Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Winery Dourakis, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Agii Apostoli Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Skinaria Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rethymnon trip planner .

Getting from Rhodes Town to Rethymnon by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rethymnon when traveling from Rhodes Town in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Fira.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chania Town, Heraklion, Skinaria Beach, Archaeological Site of Ancient Aptera, St. Nicholas Church
Highlights from your plan
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

5
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Do your shopping at Mnemossyne Gallery and the White, Santorini. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos and Ancient Thera. Change things up with these side-trips from Fira: Tomato Industrial Museum (in Vlychada) and Perissa Black Sand Beach (in Perissa). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, do a tasting at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and see the interesting displays at Monastery of Profitis Ilias.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fira travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Fira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. October in Fira sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamari, Pyrgos, Oia, Tomato Industrial Museum, Venetsanos Winery
Highlights from your plan
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Santo Winery ©
Santo Winery

5
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Popular historic sites such as Lefkes and Old Town are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Portara and Parikia Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Naxos: Platis Gialos Beach (in Platys Gialos) and Mykonos Town (The Windmills (Kato Milli), Little Venice, & more). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Fish & Olive, delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, examine the collection at Distillery M. G. Vallindras Eirini Frangoudaki, and enjoy the sand and surf at Maragas Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naxos trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Fira to Naxos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Naxos

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Mykonos Town, Paros, Platis Gialos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara

6
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.
Visit Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque.

Discover how to plan a Istanbul trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Naxos to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Naxos in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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