60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  25​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
12
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
14
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
15
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
16
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and Yusupov Palace on Moika. Popular historic sites such as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Russian Museum, admire the striking features of Winter Palace of Peter I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale navale Saint-Nicolas de Kronstadt, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect St. Petersburg to be colder, temps between 0°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
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.
On the 19th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Medieval Museum, then examine the collection at Skansen, and then take an in-depth tour of The Hallwyl Museum. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, see the interesting displays at Royal Armory, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Stockholm vacation builder.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in December: highs in Stockholm hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

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
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Buda Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour planner.

Getting from Stockholm to Budapest by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kunsthistorisches Museum and Belvedere Palace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and MuseumsQuartier. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), see the interesting displays at Leopold Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Schonbrunner Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Vienna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Town Square, don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then stroll the grounds of Old Jewish Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Prague vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 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 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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.
Appreciate the collections at Anne Frank House and Mauritshuis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt House Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Grote Markt) and The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis & Louwman Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in January; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Appreciate the collections at Musical Instruments Museum and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, Groeninge Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, get curious at Atomium, explore the galleries of Belgian Centre of Comic Strip Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels travel planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and contemplate the long history of The Catacombs.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Let the collections at Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum capture your imagination. St. Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Churchill War Rooms, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the London holiday planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Belém Tower and Park and National Palace of Pena will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jeronimos Monastery and Capela dos Ossos. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Sintra National Palace) and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) (in Evora). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum, wander the streets of Alfama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmo Convent.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon vacation trip planner.

Getting from London to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London in January, expect Lisbon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora
Highlights from your plan
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the galleries of Royal Palace of Madrid. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado, admire the natural beauty at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), and then examine the collection at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Madrid holiday planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in January, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

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.
Popular historic sites such as La Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at El Cafè de la Pedrera and El Barri Gòtic. There's lots more to do: stroll through La Barceloneta, see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum, don't miss a visit to Park Güell, and step into the grandiose world of Montjuic Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona travel planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Piazza del Campo & Siena Cathedral). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Florence vacation planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Florence by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect Florence to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Popular historic sites such as Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palatine Hill and Rome Historical Center. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, make a trip to Roman Forum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Rome, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Plaka District, then enjoy the sand and surf at Glyfada Beach, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens vacation builder.

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

5
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 historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Golden Horn. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Areas of Istanbul and Sultanahmet District. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip builder.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in February, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 11°C. You will leave for home on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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