52 days in Europe Itinerary

52 days in Europe Itinerary

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52 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Devonport, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Devonport, Australia

3
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 Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner .

Devonport, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Devonport in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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.
Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia will appeal to museum buffs. St. Mark's Square and Basilica di San Marco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Fondazione Bisazza (in Montecchio Maggiore) and Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Venezia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Venice when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Fondazione Bisazza
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Uffizi Galleries and Basilica di Santa Croce will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto are in your itinerary. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico in Siena, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Catacombe di San Callisto and Passeggiata di Gianicolo. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Villa Adriana in Tivoli, approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, make a trip to Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip maker website .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Casa Batllo and Fundacio Joan Miro will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Barceloneta, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Guell.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and National Tile Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). Spend the 7th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Jeronimos Monastery and take in the pleasant sights at Avenida da Liberdade.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. December in Lisbon sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Champs-Elysees are in your itinerary. Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris online trip maker .

Fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Shop till you drop at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Bureau Amsterdam. You'll explore and learn at Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, stroll through ARTIS, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip maker .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Frans Hals Museum
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lobkowicz Palace and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Jewish Museum in Prague and Strahov Monastery will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, take in the views from Charles Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Prague trip builder tool .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Prague hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

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

4
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.
Belvedere Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace, wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt, see the interesting displays at Haus der Musik Wien, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Bastion and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). House of Terror Museum and Koller Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Budapest journey planner .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Budapest, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Budapest

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

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Head to Tretyakov's Gallery and City Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to St. Petersburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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