21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Appreciate the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Ortakoy. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Rumeli Fortress, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route app .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Istanbul is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Istanbul: highs are around 7°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Kids will enjoy Fisherman's Bastion and Hősök tere. Visit Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, take a stroll through Vaci Street, and browse the exhibits of Hungarian National Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Budapest, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Marais and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Budapest to Paris by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square.

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

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Museum-lovers will get to explore Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Basilica di Santa Croce. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, and examine the collection at Museo di San Marco.

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Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, take a stroll through Trastevere, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary site .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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