38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  26​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
11
Chania Town, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peterhof Grand Palace. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, and step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip site .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest. When traveling from St. Petersburg in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Shoes on the Danube ©
Shoes on the Danube
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beer Tastings & Tours and Room Escape Games. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town Square, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Vaclavske namEsti, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Prague journey planning website .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Prague, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Stroeget, explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg, and then see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Rundetaarn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kongens Have, steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, then pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and finally take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Prague to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Prague in July: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

3
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.
Dublin is known for museums, breweries & distilleries, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and get lost in a book at Marsh's Library.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Dublin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copenhagen to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Dublin are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Walking tours
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and admire the striking features of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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

Fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect Paris to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum, view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey planner.

Fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in July: highs in Lisbon hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 15th (Mon), admire the local landmark of Magic Fountain (Font Magica), appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then stroll through Parc Guell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The Magic Fountain ©
The Magic Fountain
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Piazza del Campo and Piazza del Duomo. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Siena Cathedral in Siena, about 1h 20 min away. Dedicate the 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rome online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

7
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Explore hidden gems such as Elafonissi Beach and Old Venetian Harbor. Venture out of the city with trips to Elafonisi Viewpoint (in Elafonissi), Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Sklopa) and Kastro Gramvoussas (in Gramvousa). On the 28th (Sun), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Samaria Gorge National Park. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town, see the interesting displays at Minoan's World, kick back and relax at Falassarna Beach, and explore the striking landscape at The Gorge of Aradena.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chania Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Chania Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Chania Town is 1 hour. In July in Chania Town, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Elafonissi, Kissamos, Pistapark, Kastro Gramvoussas, Marmara Beach
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Elafonissi Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Falassarna Beach ©
Falassarna Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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