59 days in Europe Itinerary

59 days in Europe Itinerary

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59 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
13
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Swinbrook (St Mary's Church & St Oswald's Church), Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Church of St Peter & St Paul (in Northleach). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and admire the masterpieces at The British Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the London travel planner.

Brisbane, Australia to London is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Brisbane to London. In January, London is cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Burford, Cotswolds Distillery, Church of St Peter & St Paul, St Nicholas Church
Highlights from your plan
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anne Frank House and The Jordaan. Get some historical perspective at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Begijnhof. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, and make a trip to Leidseplein.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam attractions planner.

Getting from London to Amsterdam by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Haarlem
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Groeningemuseum. Historic Centre of Brugge and Maison d'Erasme will appeal to history buffs. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (The Markt, Basilica of the Holy Blood, & more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and don't miss a visit to Atomium.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Brussels vacation planning site .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. January in Brussels sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get some historical perspective at Palace of Versailles and The Paris Catacombs. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Quinta da Regaleira. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Park and National Palace of Pena and Alfama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra) and Capela dos Ossos (in Evora). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Rossio Square, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour 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 changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Capela dos Ossos
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

3
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville. Get some cultural insight at Centro Historico de Sevilla and Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de los Marineros, brush up on your military savvy at Torre del Oro, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seville online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Centro Historico de Sevilla ©
Centro Historico de Sevilla
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and step into the grandiose world of Montjuic Castle.

Before you visit Barcelona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey ©
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palatine Hill and Church of St. Louis of the French. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Cupola di San Pietro. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, admire the striking features of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Duomo di Siena and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Campo and Piazza della Signoria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February in Florence, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pisa, Siena
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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 San Giorgio Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scrovegni Chapel and Piazza delle Erbe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Verona (Arena di Verona, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Venice online holiday planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Venice, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Visit Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like StaromEstske namEsti and Stary zidovsky Hrbitov. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Prasna brana, get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Prague trip maker website .

You can fly from Venice to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in February, with highs in Prague at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough 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
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Center of Vienna and MuseumsQuartier Wien. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the striking features of Haus der Musik Wien, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna route planning app .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Shoes on the Danube. Halaszbastya and House of Terror Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Eger Castle in Eger (about 1h 35 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, browse the exhibits of Hungarian National Museum, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Budapest road trip site .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Budapest, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Eger Castle
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In February, Istanbul is a bit warmer than Budapest - with highs of 11°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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