43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Valletta, Malta
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
11
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Archaeological Site Mycenae in Mycenae, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Athens sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Athens hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Valletta, Malta

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Parrocca San Pawl Nawfragu, explore the striking landscape at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), delve into the distant past at Mnajdra, then appreciate the history behind Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Upper Barrakka Gardens. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of St. John's Co-Cathedral, then examine the collection at Malta Aviation Museum, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Getting from Athens to Valletta by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Valletta due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Valletta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Malta Aviation Museum, Mnajdra, Scuba & Snorkeling, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum ©
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

4
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Las Ramblas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and get your game on at Virtua.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Valletta to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Barcelona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, stroll around Casa de Campo, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Madrid route planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris vacation builder tool .

Getting from Madrid to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near London: Stratford-upon-Avon Minigolf (in Stratford-upon-Avon) and Cotswold Archery (in Moreton-in-Marsh). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, cozy up to a beverage at Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London day trip website .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in August: highs in London hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cotswold Archery, Stratford-upon-Avon Minigolf
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:
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Stratford-upon-Avon Minigolf ©
Stratford-upon-Avon Minigolf
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and get curious at NEMO Science Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Amsterdam, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from London to Amsterdam by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Amsterdam is 1 hour. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Split: Hvar (Franciscan Monastery, Spanjola, & more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Omis). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Palazzo di Diocleziano, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Split travel route app .

Getting from Amsterdam to Split by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in August, with highs in Split at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hvar, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Spanjola ©
Spanjola

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online travel route builder .

Getting from Split to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Scuola di Cucina di Lella (in Siena), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence day trip planning tool .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Scuola di Cucina di Lella, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:
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Scuola di Cucina di Lella ©
Scuola di Cucina di Lella
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take a memorable tour with Like a Venetian, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Venice online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:
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Like a Venetian ©
Like a Venetian
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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