27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Alicante, Spain
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train + bus:  5​h
8
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Alicante, Spain

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs. On the next day, wander the streets of Montmartre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Alicante, Spain to Paris is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Alicante in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kilmainham Gaol and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Visit Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College Dublin for their historical value. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Kilkenny Castle (in Kilkenny), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at Irish Famine Museum Dublin, examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle.

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

You can fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ferns Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Curracloe Beach
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace and Fotografiska Stockholm. Family-friendly places like Skansen and Royal Armory will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, wander the streets of Stockholm Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Stockholm vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Dublin to Stockholm in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
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.
Let the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Bath Block capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Savior on the Spilled Blood and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Choral Synagogue, and don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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 Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take a stroll through Ortakoy, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Istanbul by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) 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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest online attractions planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in August, Budapest is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uffizi Galleries and Basilica di Santa Croce. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena Cathedral (in Siena) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning site .

Getting from Budapest to Florence by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Duomo di Siena, Guardastelle Vineyard
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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 ©

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Family-friendly places like Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Fornillo and Lido Capo di Conca. Venture out of the city with trips to Bagni d'Arienzo (in Positano) and Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare).

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ravello tour planning website .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ravello, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Lido Capo di Conca, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Le Vigne di Raito
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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.
Palatine Hill and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Vatican Museums and Catacombe di San Callisto will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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