53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, 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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brisbane to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) ©
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens driving holiday planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Athens is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in July, things will get a bit warmer in Athens: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

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

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 a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Uffizi Galleries and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico (in Siena), Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

Start your trip to Florence by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Highlights from your plan
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner .

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Alfama, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and learn about winemaking at The Best Portugal.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lisbon online journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Barcelona in July, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
The Best Portugal ©
The Best Portugal
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Kilkenny (St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower & Kilkenny Castle) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, see where the action happens at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland, and walk around St Stephens Green.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Dublin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect Dublin to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ferns Castle
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dublin to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Paris at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Amsterdam to go to The Hague and see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at StaromEstske namEsti and Prague Castle. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, see the interesting displays at NaFilM: National film museum, and appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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.
Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and admire the striking features of Haus der Musik Wien.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday planner.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vasa Museum and Moderna Museet - Stockholm. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Skansen, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, and take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm route planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Stockholm takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vienna in August: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and stroll the grounds of Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg journey builder app .

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. In August, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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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