51 days in Europe Itinerary

51 days in Europe Itinerary

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51 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
8
Cannes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
11
Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
12
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
13
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h
14
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern Museum. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Rumeli Fortress will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 24th (Sun) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Dilburnu Tabiat Parki. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take a stroll through Taksim Square, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker website .

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect nights in Istanbul to be little chillier, around 14°C, while days are colder, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Parks Nature
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Let the collections at Goreme Acikhava Muzesi and Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Goreme National Park and Turasan Sarapcilik. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, take a memorable tour with Tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Goreme, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Turasan Sarapcilik, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get in touch with nature at Sas Hill Nature Reserve and Roman Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, make a trip to Shoes on the Danube Bank, admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip website .

Fly from Goreme to Budapest in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March in Budapest, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

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.
Visit Vatican Museums and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Catacombe di San Callisto and Il Lagottero. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rome travel planner.

Fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in April; daily highs in Rome reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Torre di Arnolfo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Florence travel website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cinque Terre Trails and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello and Portovenere. Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Genoa (Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari & Galata Museo del Mare) and Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and admire the striking features of Chiesa Di San Pietro.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Genoa, Baia del Silenzio, Portovenere
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Chiesa Di San Pietro ©
Chiesa Di San Pietro

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get outdoors at Castel Plage and Scuba & Snorkeling. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

1
night
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then take a peaceful walk through Lérins Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Rue d'Antibes, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and finally take a stroll through Le Suquet.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cannes road trip planner .

Cannes is just a short distance from Nice. In April, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and then take a stroll through The Panier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Calanques
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Casa Batllo and El Barri Gòtic. You'll explore and learn at Museo Picasso and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Cova d' en Daina (in Santa Cristina d'Aro), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and Fundacio Mona, Primate Sanctuary (in Riudellots de la Selva). Spend the 20th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, shop like a local with Inercia, walk around Parc Guell, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Marseille to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Camino de Ronda, Delta del Llobregat, Fundacio Mona, Centre de Recuperacio de Primats, Cova d' en Daina
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 24:
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Get in touch with nature at Parc Natural del Montgó and Bioparc Valencia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like City of the Arts and Sciences and Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir. When in Valencia, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Denia, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Valencia Cathedral, steep yourself in history at La Lonja de la Seda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Parc Natural del Montgó
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Parc Natural del Montgó ©
Parc Natural del Montgó
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Barrio de Salamanca. When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Catedral Primada in Toledo, approximately 1h 25 min away. Dedicate the 30th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, wander the streets of Gran Via, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and stroll around Retiro Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid day trip planning website .

Getting from Valencia to Madrid by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

4
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Visiting Paddock Paradise Ronda and El Tajo de Ronda will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Torre del Oro. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, wander the streets of Triana, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Colegial del Salvador.

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Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in April since evenings lows in Seville dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Ronda
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de S. Jorge and Igreja de Sao Roque. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Cabo da Roca in Colares, approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, wander the streets of Alfama, and learn about all things military at Museum of National Republican Guard.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seville to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Lisbon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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