44 days in Europe Itinerary

44 days in Europe Itinerary

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44 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
11
Imerovigli, Greece
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Acropolis Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Philopappos Hill. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Plaka, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Athens vacation builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Athens, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Athens hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palazzo Conte Federico and Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio and Museo Diocesano di Palermo (Le Stanze dei Vescovi). When in Palermo, make a side trip to see Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro in Castellammare del Golfo, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo, admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Domenico e Chiostro.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Palermo trip planner .

Getting from Athens to Palermo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace

4
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli. Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borbonica and Museo delle Arti Sanitarie. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Anacapri (Scala Fenicia (Phoenician Steps) & Chiesa San Michele). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, delve into the distant past at Forum, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Domenico Maggiore, and identify plant and animal life at Posillipo.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Naples online visit planner .

Fly from Palermo to Naples in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or ride a ferry. In March in Naples, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anacapri, Pompeii, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli ©
Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli

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 Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Santa Maria in Trastevere. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rome online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Rome sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Orvieto and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Civita di Bagnoregio and Museo della Porziuncola. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Assisi: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Pozzo di San Patrizio (in Orvieto). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, learn about winemaking at Bibenda Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, and make a trip to Eremo delle Carceri.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Assisi road trip website .

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Assisi when traveling from Rome in March, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Porto Venere to see Portovenere about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March, daytime highs in Florence are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Family-friendly places like Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Castello Estense (in Ferrara) and Palazzo Te (in Mantua). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Venice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Palazzo Te, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Nymphenburg Palace. Kids will appreciate attractions like Deutsches Museum and Old Town Hall. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to Walhalla (in Donaustauf), Altstadt von Fuessen (in Fussen) and Pilgrimage Church of Wies (in Steingaden). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Munich trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Munich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in April; daily highs in Munich reach 16°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Walhalla, Old Town, Altstadt von Fuessen, Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Highlights from your plan
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Old Town ©
Old Town
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies

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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rahmi M. Koc Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Munich to Istanbul. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in April; daily highs in Istanbul reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at The Solomos Museum, look for gifts at Sweet 'N Spicy Bahar Shop, delve into the distant past at Old Fortress Corfu, then appreciate the history behind Schulenburg Statue, and finally browse the exhibits of Achilleion Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Spiridon, see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante, explore the galleries of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, then appreciate the history behind Holocaust Memorial of Corfu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Corfu.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Corfu Town journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Corfu Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Corfu Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Corfu Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Imerovigli.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Achilleion Museum
Highlights from your plan
Achilleion Museum ©
Achilleion Museum
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
Old Fortress Corfu ©
Old Fortress Corfu

2
nights
Imerovigli, Greece

Imerovigli ©
Imerovigli, famed for its Cycladic architecture, claims one of the most dramatic positions in all of Greece.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Skaros Rock, then see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum, explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding, then examine the collection at Monastery of Profitis Ilias, and finally learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Imerovigli trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Corfu Town to Imerovigli. In April, daytime highs in Imerovigli are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Imerovigli

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Artemis Karamolegos Winery, Monastery of Profitis Ilias, Tomato Industrial Museum, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock

2
nights
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at The Natural History Museum of Crete, explore the world behind art at Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, and finally examine the collection at Kazantzakis Museum. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη, learn about winemaking at Lyrarakis Winery, then learn about winemaking at Winery Stilianou, then look for gifts at Irida Family Workshop, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Heraklion travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Imerovigli to Heraklion with the Route module. In April, daily temperatures in Heraklion can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kazantzakis Museum, Winery Stilianou
Highlights from your plan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of the Butterflies, examine the collection at Bee Museum, then don't miss a visit to Mandraki Harbour, and finally don't miss a visit to Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue, see the interesting displays at Kahal Shalom Synagogue, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Castle, then contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Filerimos.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town tour itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Heraklion to Rhodes Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bee Museum, The Church of the Panagia, Church of Our Lady of Filerimos, Valley of the Butterflies
Highlights from your plan
Mandraki Harbour ©
Mandraki Harbour
Street of the Knights ©
Street of the Knights

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