36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  29​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Adelaide, Australia

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Russian Museum and The Bath Block. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace, and explore the world behind art at Peterhof Grand Palace.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip maker .

Adelaide, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in July, with highs in St. Petersburg at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

3
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.
Let the collections at Royal Palace and Fotografiska capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Skansen and Moderna Museet - Stockholm. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, get engrossed in the history at Nordiska museet, glide through natural beauty at The Green Trails, and brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Stockholm trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Stockholm takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Stockholm are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Stroeget. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, explore the world behind art at Thorvaldsens Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frederiks Kirke (The Marble Church), and admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral.

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

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Copenhagen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Amalienborg ©
Amalienborg

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Salzburger Altstadt and Red Bull Hangar-7. Your inner history buff will appreciate Schloss Hellbrunn and Salzburg Cathedral (Dom). There's still lots to do: get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and get a taste of the local shopping with Residenzgalerie Salzburg.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip site .

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in July, expect nights in Salzburg to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

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.
Visit Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and ponder the world of politics at Parliament.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner .

Take a train from Salzburg to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
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.
Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris tour planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
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.
Shop till you drop at National Gallery of Ireland and James Joyce Cultural Centre. Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Kilmainham Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, see the interesting displays at GPO & GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin sightseeing planning tool .

You can fly from Paris to Dublin in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Castelo dos Mouros and Castelo de S. Jorge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, and wander the streets of Rossio Square.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Lisbon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In July, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Centro Storico and Basilica di Santa Croce. Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Florence. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter's Basilica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip website .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihrimah Sultan Camii.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Rome to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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