60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train + bus:  5​h
7
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
subway + train:  3​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern. Get some cultural insight at Historic Areas of Istanbul and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul is minus 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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.
Matthias Church and Shoes on the Danube are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at House of Terror Museum and Memento Park. Step out of Budapest with an excursion to Eger Castle in Eger--about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Budapest sightseeing site .

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Budapest. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll explore and learn at Jewish Museum in Prague and Prasna brana. Get some historical perspective at Katedrala Svateho Vita and Prague Castle. When in Prague, make a side trip to see Karlstejn Castle in Karlstejn, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, you will find days in Prague are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Karlstejn Castle
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get some cultural insight at Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburg Cathedral. Salzburger Altstadt and Fortress Hohensalzburg will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, and stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg route planner .

Traveling by car from Prague to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

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.
Basilica di San Marco and St. Mark's Square will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to San Giorgio Maggiore and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Change things up with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, make a trip to St Mark's Campanile, and get your bearings at Museo Correr.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Venice holiday website .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, Venice is a bit warmer than Salzburg - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

4
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 Siena Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria. Get a sense of the local culture at Pitti Palace and Piazza del Campo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, and admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Guardastelle Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Vigne di Raito and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. You'll get in some beach time at Fornillo and Lido Capo di Conca. Change things up with a short trip to Bagni d'Arienzo in Positano (about 48 minutes away).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ravello trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Positano, Lido Capo di Conca, Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano
Highlights from your plan
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione

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.
Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Duomo di Orvieto and Roman Forum will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rome travel planner .

Getting from Ravello to Rome by combination of subway and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in September, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tivoli, Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Vila Vella (Old Town) and Casa Batllo. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll through Barceloneta Beach, and see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planning website .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Vila Vella (Old Town)
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Batalha Monastery and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Capela dos Ossos and Quinta da Regaleira. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Alfama, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Paris. In September, Paris is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

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
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Palace and Vasa Museum. Appreciate the collections at ABBA The Museum and Nordiska museet. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum, and admire the striking features of Thiel Gallery (Thielska Galleriet).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Stockholm day trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Stockholm in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in September, expect Stockholm to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace, stroll the grounds of Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky, and see the interesting displays at The Shadow Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg day trip planning website .

Getting from Stockholm to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg is 2 hours. In September in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park

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