59 days in Europe Itinerary

59 days in Europe Itinerary

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59 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  29​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  11​h 45​min
3
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Alghero, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  4​h 30​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 15​min
10
Kissamos, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Rethymnon, Greece
— 5 nights
Ferry:  4​h 15​min
12
Naxos, Greece
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, take in the exciting artwork at Photogallery Rachmaninov Garden, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), and shop like a local with Tretyakov's Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg day trip site .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Petersburg is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Auckland in December: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time 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
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore House of Terror Museum and Koller Gallery. Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest. When traveling from St. Petersburg in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sound of Sleat Beach and Bearreraig Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Trotternish Art Gallery and Skyeworks Gallery. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Skyelark, enjoy the sand and surf at Talisker Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Trumpan Church, and explore the ancient world of Dunscaith Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Isle of Skye trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Budapest to Isle of Skye in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in December: high temperatures in Isle of Skye hover around 9°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Talisker Beach ©
Talisker Beach
Sound of Sleat Beach ©
Sound of Sleat Beach

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.
Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen in Rouen, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Isle of Skye to Paris in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Isle of Skye to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
For shopping fun, head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian or Avenida da Liberdade. Get some historical perspective at Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge and explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In December, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
For shopping fun, head to La Boqueria or Passeig de Gracia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, walk around Parc Guell, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Barcelona route planning tool .

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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
Alghero, Italy

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Sughero and Viddalba. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiesa di Nostra Signora di Bonu Ighinu and Chiesa di Santa Maria. Get out of town with these interesting Alghero side-trips: Nuraghe Sant'Antine (in Torralba), La Pelosa Beach (in Stintino) and Santa Trinita di Saccargia (in Codrongianos). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Alghero Rock Climbing Sites, examine the collection at CULTER - Museo Internazionale del Coltello in Pattada, take in the exciting artwork at Casa Del Mar Ceramiche, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario di Nostra Signora di Bonacattu.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Alghero online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Alghero takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Alghero

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bonarcado, La Pelosa Beach, Nuraghe Sant'Antine, Basilica di Saccargia, Casa Del Mar Ceramiche
Highlights from your plan
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Nuraghe Sant'Antine ©
Nuraghe Sant'Antine
Chiesa di Nostra Signora di Bonu Ighinu ©

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uffizi Galleries and Siena Cathedral. Piazza del Duomo and Campanile di Giotto will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Piazza del Campo (in Siena), Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Alghero to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Alghero in December, plan for slightly colder days in Florence, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vatican Museums and Colosseum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Roman Forum and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Change things up with a short trip to Santuario Francescano del Presepe in Greccio (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rome tour itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kissamos.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Santuario Francescano del Presepe
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Kissamos, Greece

Kissamos ©
A quiet port town situated on Crete's western tip, Kissamos attracts mostly domestic tourists and possesses more of the quintessential Greek feel than livelier resorts strung along the island's coastline.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics and Ancient Olive Tree. German War Cemetery and Kastro Gramvoussas will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kissamos' surroundings by going to Elafonissi Beach (in Elafonissi) and Anoskeli Winery (in Anoskeli). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Sklopa, enjoy the sand and surf at Balos Lagoon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Falassarna Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kissamos day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rome to Kissamos in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in January since evenings lows in Kissamos dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Kissamos

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Maleme, Ancient Olive Tree, Anoskeli Winery, Falassarna Beach, Elafonissi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

5
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Athos Workshop and Terzisart. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Glika Nera Beach and Triopetra Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori (in Gavalochori), Monastery of Christ and St. Gedeon (in Margarites) and Archaeological Site of Azoires (in Stilos). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Irini, delve into the lush surroundings at Gorge of Mili, and view the masterpieces at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Rethymnon driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Kissamos to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plakias, Chromonastiri Military Museum, Agia Irini Convent, Archaeological Site of Azoires, Gorge of Mili
Highlights from your plan
Glika Nera Beach ©
Glika Nera Beach
Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach

5
nights
Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
For shopping fun, head to Petalouda Art Gallery or Aelia Art Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Panagia Aperathitissa and Old Town are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Fish & Olive, stroll through Mikri Vigla Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Fotodotis, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Sanctuary at Flerio Water Spring.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Naxos day trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Rethymnon to Naxos takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Naxos can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mikri Vigla Beach ©
Mikri Vigla Beach
Portara ©
Portara
Fish & Olive ©
Fish & Olive

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul route planner.

You can fly from Naxos to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Naxos to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Naxos in January, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (10°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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