56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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56 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
train + subway:  3​h
2
Ravello, Italy
— 6 nights
bus + train:  5​h
3
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
4
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
10
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
12
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry:  3​h
13
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  2​h 30​min
14
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia


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6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Step off the beaten path and head to Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Cupola di San Pietro. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Chiesa di San Gregorio (in Civita Castellana) and Villa Farnese (in Caprarola). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Vincoli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rome route tool .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Rome is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Rome to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Farnese, Duomo di Orvieto, Chiesa di San Gregorio
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Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

6
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico Ravello are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal and Museo Diocesano San Prisco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ravello: Badia della Santissima Trinita' (in Cava De' Tirreni), Chiesa di Santa Sofia (in Benevento) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ravello driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in November since evenings lows in Ravello dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Antiquarium di Saepinum-Altilia, Santuario di Montevergine, Chiesa di Santa Sofia
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at San Gimignano 1300 and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Let the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Uffizi Galleries capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Pisa (Knights' Square & Duomo di Pisa), Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore (in Asciano) and Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Ravello in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, San Gimignano 1300, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peggy Guggenheim Collection and San Giorgio Maggiore. Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica di Santa Giustina & Piazza dei Signori). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the activities along Canal Grande, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a stroll through Niederdorf, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kloster Einsiedeln and then examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kloster Einsiedeln, The Rosengart Collection
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Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Eiffel Tower. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Army Museum and Trocadero. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris vacation maker site .

Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Appreciate the collections at Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, admire the landmark architecture of Guild Houses, and get a sense of history and politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice).

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels online route maker .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get some historical perspective at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen. Get some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. Explore Berlin's surroundings by going to Potsdam (Potsdam's Gardens & Neues Palais). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie, get engrossed in the history at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Brussels to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Gemaldegalerie ©
Gemaldegalerie

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Barbara's Church and Food Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Katedrala Svateho Vita and Prague Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Ossuary / The Cemetery Church in Kutna Hora (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, learn about all things military at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St Barbara's Church
St Barbara's Church

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.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ringstrasse and St. Michael's Church. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Votivkirche, admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Jesuits, and explore the world behind art at Leopold Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna day trip website .

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matthias Church and Halaszbastya. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Liberty Statue and Hospital in the Rock. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll explore and learn at Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora of Athens. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Take a break from Athens with a short trip to Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, and wander the streets of Anafiotika.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Athens day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Athens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Athens is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in January; daily highs in Athens reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, wander the streets of Little Venice, and then enjoy the sea views from Armenistis Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint George, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, then learn about winemaking at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mykonos Town trip planner .

Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, Armenistis Lighthouse, Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, Paradise Beach
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Armenistis Lighthouse ©
Armenistis Lighthouse
Monastery of Panayia Tourliani ©
Monastery of Panayia Tourliani

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sultanahmet District and Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Mykonos Town to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in January, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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