43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train + taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Le Lavandou, France
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
subway + train:  3​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vasa Museum and Moderna Museet - Stockholm. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Skansen, take a stroll through Sodermalm, step into the grandiose world of Drottningholm Palace, and head off the coast to Sandhamn.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm road trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Stockholm is minus 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Stockholm reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Skansen ©
Skansen

5
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.
Visit Guinness Storehouse and Saint Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College Dublin. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Jerpoint Abbey (in Thomastown), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, explore the galleries of Dublin Castle, and stroll around Phoenix Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin attractions site .

Fly from Stockholm to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ferns Castle, Curracloe Beach
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Belém Tower and Cabo da Roca. Explore hidden gems such as Quinta da Regaleira and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Capela dos Ossos (in Evora), Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and do a tasting at The Best Portugal.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon route planner .

You can fly from Dublin to Lisbon in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in September: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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 discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Chambord and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Lisbon to Paris in 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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Versailles, Chateau de Chambord, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

4
nights
Le Lavandou, France

Le Lavandou ©
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Relax by the water at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage d'Aiguebelle. Get in touch with nature at La plage and Plage de Vergeron. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Le Lavandou: La Croix-Valmer (Plage du Debarquement & Heraclee Beach) and Sentier Botanique (in Cogolin). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Jean Blanc, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Plage de l'Anglade, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Le Lavandou day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Paris to Le Lavandou takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in September, with highs in Le Lavandou at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Sentier Botanique
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage du Debarquement ©
Plage du Debarquement
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Ravello and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Visit Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Chiesa dell'Annunziata for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravello: Positano (Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano & Fornillo), Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos (in Praiano).

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ravello online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Le Lavandou to Ravello. Traveling from Le Lavandou in September, Ravello is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Spiaggia di Atrani, Spiaggia Di Minori, Lido Capo di Conca, I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Galleria Borghese. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Villa Adriana (in Tivoli). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and explore the ancient world of Forum of Augustus.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome itinerary builder .

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 October, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana, Duomo di Orvieto
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Campo and Duomo di Siena. Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Campanile di Giotto are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Florence attractions planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Le mura di Lucca
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, and steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip builder website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Florence to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Florence in October, things will get a bit cooler in Budapest: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Areas of Istanbul and Sultanahmet District. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip builder .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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