39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train + subway:  3​h
8
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
bus + train:  5​h
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
10
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
12
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
13
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). Visit Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Savior on the Spilled Blood for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at The Bath Block, steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace, and don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

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Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in St. Petersburg, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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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

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace and Skansen. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stockholm Old Town and Monteliusvagen. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, get engrossed in the history at Medeltidsmuseet, and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Stockholm trip planner .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm is minus 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Adventure Wildlife
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Glen Strathfarrar. Get outdoors at Abernethy National Nature Reserve and Aigas Field Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Glen Affric National Nature Reserve (in Cannich), RSPB - Insh Marshes (in Kingussie) and Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Urquhart Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Rosemarkie Beach, steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, and witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Inverness takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Inverness. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in August; daily highs in Inverness reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beauly, Culloden Battlefield, Urquhart Castle, Rosemarkie Beach, RSPB - Insh Marshes
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Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness Storehouse. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, steep yourself in history at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin day trip tool .

You can fly from Inverness to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): take a stroll through Le Marais, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and finally wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Paris is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Popular historic sites such as Castelo dos Mouros and Castelo de S. Jorge are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Cabo da Roca and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, wander the streets of Alfama, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip website .

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 35°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Palatine Hill. Explore hidden gems such as Galleria Borghese and Trastevere. Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa Adriana, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rome tour planning app .

Fly from Lisbon to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Visit Duomo di Ravello and Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale for their historical value. Get outdoors at Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido Capo di Conca. Explore Ravello's surroundings by going to Positano (Fornillo & Bagni d'Arienzo) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare).

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ravello online journey planner .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in Ravello are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Le Vigne di Raito, Lido Capo di Conca
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

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 Basilica di Santa Croce and Palazzo Vecchio. Popular historic sites such as Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Piazza del Campo (in Siena). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ravello in August since evenings lows in Florence dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

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.
You'll explore and learn at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. San Giorgio Maggiore and Basilica di San Marco will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to St. Mark's Square, get lost in a book at Museo Correr, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and see the interesting displays at Ca' Rezzonico.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Venice route planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Schonbrunner Gardens and Belvedere Palace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and contemplate the long history of Karlskirche.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in September; daily highs in Vienna reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, then don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, wander the streets of Taksim Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul itinerary planning website .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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