27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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 is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague tour itinerary site .

Melbourne, Australia to Prague is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in April, things will get little chillier in Prague: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Czech Repubrick ©
Czech Repubrick
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 29th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Amsterdam road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the next day, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, learn about winemaking at The Best Portugal, wander the streets of Alfama, and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon tour planning tool .

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: 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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in May; daily highs in Lisbon reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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The Best Portugal ©
The Best Portugal
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

2
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.
On the 6th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel app .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome attractions site .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip builder website .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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.
On the 12th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the next day, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Budapest tour builder .

Getting from Venice to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Budapest, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. In May in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
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Food Tours
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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