43 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

43 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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43 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Fira, Greece
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Cotswold Archery (in Moreton-in-Marsh), High Street Chipping Campden (in Chipping Campden) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read London trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to London is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to London, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cotswold Archery, High Street Chipping Campden, Cotswolds Distillery
Find places to stay May 4 — 10:
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, & more) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from London to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Venice due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Venice hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
Find places to stay May 10 — 16:
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online attractions planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Find places to stay May 16 — 22:
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

7
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, Rome is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
Find places to stay May 22 — 29:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Take a break from Fira with a short trip to Santo Horse Riding in Akrotiri, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, learn about winemaking at Boutari Winery, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Thera.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fira route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Fira takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Fira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Oia, Santorini, Kamari
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

5
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Mykonos Town is known for nightlife, beaches, historic sites, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Little Venice, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirsini Beach, stroll through Kapari Beach, and don't miss a visit to The Windmills (Kato Milli).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mykonos Town tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Mykonos Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mykonos, Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm, Speed Boats Tours, Paradise Beach, Panormos Beach
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 8:
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Panormos Beach ©
Panormos Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
The Windmills (Kato Milli) ©
The Windmills (Kato Milli)

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel route planning tool .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Melbourne by flight takes about 21 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Mykonos Town to Melbourne, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mykonos Town in June, things will get cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 15:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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