29 days in Europe Itinerary

29 days in Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shoes on the Danube and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest route website .

Brisbane, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. September in Budapest sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Shoes on the Danube ©
Shoes on the Danube
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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 discover tucked-away gems like Beer Tastings & Tours and Katedrala Svateho Vita. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Charles Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Vaclavske namEsti.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Prague online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Prague, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris journey builder .

Getting from Prague to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Gallery and Natural History Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Tower Bridge, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Houses of Parliament, and take an in-depth tour of Westminster Abbey.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our London itinerary website .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Lisbon at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Magic Fountain (Font Magica) and La Boqueria. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

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 (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. September in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The Magic Fountain ©
The Magic Fountain
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza del Campo and Siena Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough 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
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Roman Forum. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Food Tours
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami . And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Rome in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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