45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Hyeres, France
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Subway:  3 h
11
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  5 h
12
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
13
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
14
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nevsky Prospekt or Tretyakov's Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Savior on the Spilled Blood. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, stroll the grounds of Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg tour planner .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg is minus 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Halaszbastya and Dohány Street Synagogue. Popular historic sites such as Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) are in your itinerary. On the 22nd (Mon), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Budapest day trip planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Budapest by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Nature Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
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.
Schonbrunner Gardens and Belvedere Palace will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Center of Vienna and MuseumsQuartier Wien. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien, and contemplate the long history of Karlskirche.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna travel route planning site .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville. Head to La Croisette and Rue d'Antibesfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Nice Rafting (in Breil-sur-Roya) and Cannes (Marche Forville & Lérins Islands). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Vienna to Nice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vienna in June, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Nice Rafting
Highlights from your plan
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

3
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Relax by the water at La plage and Plage noire du Langoustier. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Jean Blanc. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach & Plage de Sylvabelle) and Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage La Capte, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hyeres online trip builder .

Drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in June, Hyeres is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou, Chartreuse de la Verne, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Chartreuse de la Verne ©
Chartreuse de la Verne

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.
Visit Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Le Marais. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hyeres to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hyeres in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness Storehouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Malahide Castle and Christ Church Cathedral. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Paris to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Malahide Castle
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Cabo da Roca and Park and National Palace of Pena for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Quinta da Regaleira and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Lisbon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Lisbon at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Passeig de Gracia and La Boqueria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casa Batllo and Montjuic Castle. Spend the 13th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online trip builder .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Lisbon in July, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Roman Forum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palatine Hill and Church of St. Louis of the French. Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa Adriana, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Rome sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get in touch with nature at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and Lido di Ravello. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Explore Ravello's surroundings by going to Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Fornillo (in Positano).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Ravello trip planner .

Getting from Rome to Ravello by combination of train and subway takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ravello, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Lido Capo di Conca, Santa Maria de Olearia, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Le Vigne di Raito
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Siena Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Le mura di Lucca and Piazza della Signoria. Step out of Florence to go to Siena and see Piazza del Campo, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in July, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Le mura di Lucca
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and St Mark's Campanile. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice travel planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel

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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 some historical perspective at Historic Areas of Istanbul and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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