37 days in Europe Itinerary

37 days in Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami . There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), pause for some serene contemplation at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and San Giorgio Maggiore. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Venice online tour planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Venice by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Walking tours

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Piazza della Signoria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, admire the landmark architecture of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Florence sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Florence sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini.

Before you visit Rome, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Food Tours

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Magic Fountain (Font Magica) and La Boqueria. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Park and National Palace of Pena and Quinta da Regaleira. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lisbon road trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition and Trinity College Dublin. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, stroll around Phoenix Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Dublin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Luxembourg Gardens and Île de la Cité. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, shop like a local with Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning tool .

Getting from Dublin to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Dublin in May, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Keukenhof in Lisse, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Keukenhof
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Keukenhof ©
Keukenhof
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beer Tastings & Tours and Katedrala Svateho Vita. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, examine the collection at Czech Repubrick, and step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Room Escape Games
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shoes on the Danube and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and make a trip to Halaszbastya.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in May: highs in Budapest hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Shoes on the Danube ©
Shoes on the Danube
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building

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