42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train + Subway:  3 h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
Bus + Train:  5 h
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
10
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
11
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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 explore and learn at Hagia Sophia Museum and Rumeli Fortress. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Istanbul Modern. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul travel route planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Auckland to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in June, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
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.
Do your shopping at Vaci Street and Andrassy Avenue. Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Budapest trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Istanbul to Budapest in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome travel route planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rome, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Visiting Fornillo and Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa Rufolo and Centro Storico. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Ravello, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, kick back and relax at Lido Capo di Conca, and stop by Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ravello online visit planner.

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in June: highs in Ravello hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Lido Capo di Conca, Basilica of Saint Trofimena
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Florence Academy of Fine Arts capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ravello to Florence by combination of bus and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Florence when traveling from Ravello in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Parc Guell and Casa Batllo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sant Feliu de Guixols) and Vila Vella (Old Town) (in Tossa de Mar). Next up on the itinerary: stop by El Barri Gòtic, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

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

Getting from Florence to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Florence in July, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Avenida da Liberdadefor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira are in your itinerary. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Park and National Palace of Pena). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, do a tasting at The Best Portugal, and stop by Alfama.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in July, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Le Marais, and take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Powder Tower and Strahov Monastery. Staromestske namesti and Stary zidovsky Hrbitov will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and explore the world behind art at St. George's Basilica.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague tour planning site.

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In July in Prague, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

4
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 Vasa Museum and Stockholm Old Town. Skansen and Nordiska Museet will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, stroll around Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Riddarholmen Church, and learn about all things military at Royal Armory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm vacation planner.

Fly from Prague to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Prague in July, things will get a bit cooler in Stockholm: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
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Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Tretyakov's Gallery or Nevsky Prospekt. Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace, examine the collection at Russian Museum, make a trip to Palace Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg journey planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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