38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Doha, Qatar

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.
Get some historical perspective at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and Catherine Palace and Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online tour builder .

Doha, Qatar to St. Petersburg is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Doha in July, expect St. Petersburg to be cooler, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Sodermalm, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Skansen. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, browse the exhibits of Royal Palace, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Storkyrkan, and finally find something for the whole family at Junibacken.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm online trip maker .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm is minus 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Nature Neighborhoods
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

5
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.
Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College Dublin will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like Kilmainham Gaol and St Stephens Green will thrill your kids. Step out of Dublin with an excursion to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower in Kilkenny--about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Guinness Storehouse, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Dublin Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin online route planner .

Getting from Stockholm to Dublin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Stockholm to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Stockholm in July: highs in Dublin hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kilkenny
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

4
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.
Kids will enjoy The Paris Catacombs and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Popular historic sites such as Batalha Monastery and Belém Tower are in your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Jardim Zoologico. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, wander the streets of Alfama, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lisbon online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Galleria Borghese. Attractions like Trevi Fountain and Catacombe di San Callisto make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome online tour planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Rome in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Rome is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Piazza Maggiore. Le mura di Lucca and Siena Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Piazza del Campo (in Siena) and Duomo di Pisa (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Duomo di Pisa, Piazza Maggiore, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Le mura di Lucca
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Venice fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Halaszbastya and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, get to know the resident critters at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Hungarian National Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planning website .

You can fly from Venice to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Venice in August, Budapest is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Suleymaniye Cami and Sultanahmet District. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take a stroll through Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and admire the landmark architecture of Eyup Sultan Mosque.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour website .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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