33 days in Europe Itinerary

33 days in Europe Itinerary

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33 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Fira, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Padua, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h
12
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 31st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Athens journey planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Athens at 39°C and lows at 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Museums
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

6
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, spas, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, get great views at Sunset in Oia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kamari Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Fira holiday planning website .

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. September in Fira sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Kamari, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Santo Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, wander the streets of Old Town, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Pile Gate.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Fira to Dubrovnik takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Fira to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fira in September; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then examine the collection at Froggyland, and finally explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Split online vacation planner .

Drive from Dubrovnik to Split in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trieste.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church Of St. Roch
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Froggyland ©
Froggyland

2
nights
Trieste, Italy

Trieste ©
Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Civico Museo della Risiera di San Sabba, explore the activities along Golfo di Trieste, then appreciate the history behind Le Ragazze di Trieste, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canale Grande. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Molo Audace, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, get outside with Grotta Gigante, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Military Memorial Redipuglia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Aquileia.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Trieste vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Split to Trieste takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Trieste

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Military Memorial Redipuglia, Grotta Gigante, Basilica di Aquileia
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Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia ©
Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia
Grotta Gigante ©
Grotta Gigante

3
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take a memorable tour with Like a Venetian, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner .

Traveling by car from Trieste to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Padua.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Padua, Italy

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, take in nature's colorful creations at Orto Botanico di Padova, make a trip to Prato della Valle, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo delle Debite, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Teatro Anatomico, admire the striking features of Ragione Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa degli Eremitani, and finally don't miss a visit to Centro Storico.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Padua trip itinerary planner .

Padua is just a stone's throw from Venice. When traveling from Venice in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Padua: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Castello Estense
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Prato della Valle ©
Prato della Valle

2
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Procolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, and finally take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Padua to Verona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Padua in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Verona, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

3
nights
Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como), Villa Monastero (in Varenna) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Lago di Como, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, and admire the natural beauty at i Giardini di Villa Melzi.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bellagio travel planning site .

Drive from Verona to Bellagio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Villa Monastero, Lago di Como, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Chiesa di S. Leonardo
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i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: La Citta Alta (in Bergamo) and Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Milan online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Bellagio to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Leolandia, La Citta Alta
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Piazza della Riforma, browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, and finally stroll around Parco Civico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): walk around Parco Sul Fiume Cassarate Al Piano Stampa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre, look for gifts at Inperfetta Vintage, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria degli Angioli.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip planner .

Getting from Milan to Lugano by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. September in Lugano sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Fox Town Factory Stores
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lugano to Geneva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cathedrale de Lausanne, Chateau de Chillon
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Palais des Nations, Genève ©
Palais des Nations, Genève

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