60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  30​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

5
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.
The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Peterhof Grand Palace and Palace Square will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Catherine Palace and Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Menshikov's Great Palace, and make a trip to New Peterhof Railway Station.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg online trip itinerary maker .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Petersburg is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to St. Petersburg is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Auckland in May, St. Petersburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace. You'll explore and learn at Vasa Museum and Skansen. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at ABBA The Museum, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), and learn about all things military at Royal Armory.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Stockholm day trip planning tool .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. June in Stockholm sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam and Begijnhof. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Old Church (in Delft) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haarlem, Old Church, 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
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Get some historical perspective at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, Historic Centre of Brugge, & more). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Atomium and examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Brussels, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow 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
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris vacation builder site .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Quinta da Regaleira and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Colosseum and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pantheon and Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Villa Adriana (in Tivoli). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Rome in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Rome, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Rome are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Museum-lovers will appreciate Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena), Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano) and Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Leaning Tower of Pisa). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence vacation builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

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.
Popular historic sites such as Prague Castle and Stary zidovsky Hrbitov are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Astronomical Clock. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at NaFilM: National film museum, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Prague day trip planning site .

Getting from Florence to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, Prague is a bit cooler than Florence - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like MuseumsQuartier Wien and Albertina. Schonbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Sisi Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vienna travel route planner.

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Vienna, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere 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.
Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

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

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rumeli Fortress. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker website .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Istanbul. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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