57 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

57 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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57 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
5
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
8
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
12
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
15
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Paris, France

2
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery) and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Biosphaere Entlebuch in Lucerne (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning tool .

Paris, France to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Zurich are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Dresden.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Biosphaere Entlebuch
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

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nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Albertinum and Royal Palace (Residenzschloss). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister and Sankt Martin Kirche. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, see the interesting displays at The Saxon State and University Library, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canaletto Blick, and contemplate the long history of Stallhof.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dresden sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Zurich in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Dresden: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites
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Albertinum ©
Albertinum
Frauenkirche ©
Frauenkirche
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss) ©
Royal Palace (Residenzschloss)

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Savior on the Spilled Blood. Museum-lovers will get to explore Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Anna Akhmatova Museum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Russian Museum, contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Nabokov Museum, and shop like a local with Tretyakov's Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Dresden to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dresden to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Dresden in March, things will get a bit cooler in St. Petersburg: highs are around 2°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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night
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Moscow trip planner.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Trinity College Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old Treasury Building, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Moscow to Melbourne in 22.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Melbourne is 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in March, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Popular historic sites such as Vaucluse House and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk are in your itinerary. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Rocks Discovery Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney vacation builder website .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. You'll explore and learn at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Museo di Castelvecchio, & more) and Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice itinerary builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Venice in 24 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Venice. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Venice reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico (in Siena) and Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Basilica San Vitale
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome online vacation planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, make a trip to Las Ramblas, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Cerralbo. You'll explore and learn at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz la Real (in Segovia) and Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, Catedral Primada, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and take an in-depth tour of Lope de Vega Museum.

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

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Santa Cruz la Real
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Barrio Santa Cruz. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla are in your itinerary. Explore Seville's surroundings by going to Ronda (Paddock Paradise Ronda, Palacio de Congresos de Ronda, & more) and Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba (in Cordoba). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, learn about all things military at Torre del Oro, explore the world behind art at Painter Amalio Museum, and see the interesting displays at Musee Flamenco De Seville.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seville trip itinerary maker site .

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 on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ronda, Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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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.
Get some cultural insight at National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate The British Museum and Churchill War Rooms. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Combe Mill (in Long Hanborough), Swinbrook (St Oswald's Church & St Mary's Church) and St Nicholas Church (in Lower Oddington). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, make a trip to Big Ben, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our London travel planning website .

Getting from Seville to London by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Seville in April, expect London to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burford, St Nicholas Church, Combe Mill
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Scotland and Palace of Holyroodhouse. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at BobCat Alpacas, engage your brain at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's and St George's Church, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh trip builder .

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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BobCat Alpacas ©
BobCat Alpacas
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk), Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and Uitkijkduin Petten (in Petten). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and experience rural life at Kinderboerderij Gliphoeve.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam sightseeing planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, Uitkijkduin Petten, Regte Heide & Riels Laag
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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