42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Rumeli Fortress for their historical value. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take a stroll through Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planning website .

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 flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Auckland to Istanbul. While traveling from Auckland, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. 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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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Andrassy Avenue and Vaci Street. Appreciate the collections at House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Budapest. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Pantheon, delve into the distant past at Catacombe di San Callisto, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome sightseeing website .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 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 ©
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico Ravello are in your itinerary. Head to Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela and Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palmafor some retail therapy. Explore Ravello's surroundings by going to Positano (Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano & Fornillo).

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip itinerary site .

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. Traveling from Rome in June, expect nights in Ravello to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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.
Get some cultural insight at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Ravello to Florence by combination of bus and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Vila Vella (Old Town). Get some cultural insight at Casa Batllo and El Barri Gòtic. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Sant Feliu de Guixols, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: walk around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Vila Vella (Old Town), Scuba & Snorkeling
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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. Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, learn about winemaking at The Best Portugal, wander the streets of Alfama, and shop like a local with Rossio Square.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Lisbon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris online day trip planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Paris are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
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.
Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at StaromEstske namEsti and Lesser Town. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, steep yourself in history at Prasna brana, and stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vasa Museum and Royal Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Drottningholm Palace and Riddarholmen Church. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, head off the coast to Sandhamn, and admire the striking features of Thiel Gallery (Thielska Galleriet).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Stockholm takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Prague in July: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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.
Let the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and The Anna Akhmatova Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Savior on the Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, view the masterpieces at Tretyakov's Gallery, and steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary 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. Traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time 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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