53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Canberra, Australia

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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 discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Basilica Cistern. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool .

Canberra, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Canberra to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Canberra in August, things will get much hotter in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. On the 16th (Fri), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Theme Parks Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and Room Escape Games. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, get great views at Petřín, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, and make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Prague trip tool .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in August: highs in Prague hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Galleria Borghese. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Cascata delle Marmore in Marmore, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in August, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Food Tours
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza del Campo and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Siena Cathedral in Siena--about 1h 15 min away. Dedicate the 28th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Magic Fountain (Font Magica) and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Spend the 31st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel route planning app .

Getting from Florence to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in August, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The Magic Fountain ©
The Magic Fountain
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Castelo dos Mouros, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Alfama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Kilkenny Castle. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Go With The Flow - River Adventures in Kilkenny, approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and make a trip to Merrion Square.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Dublin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in September: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kilkenny
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Tower Bridge, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, stroll around Hyde Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kensington Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the London planning site .

Getting from Dublin to London by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in London can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Luxembourg Gardens and Île de la Cité. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip app .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (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
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, walk around Vondelpark, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stockholm Old Town and Stockholm City Hall. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rosendals Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Stockholm trip maker .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Stockholm in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, Stockholm is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Millesgarden
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Skansen ©
Skansen

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Savior on the Spilled Blood and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, walk around Peterhof State Museum Preserve, admire the striking features of Smolny Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online vacation planner .

Getting from Stockholm to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In September in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

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