29 days in Europe Itinerary

29 days in Europe Itinerary

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29 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Venice due to the time zone difference. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On your second day here, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome road trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 9th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and finally make a trip to Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and stroll around St Stephens Green.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in May, expect Dublin to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

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 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Le Marais, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris online attractions planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Paris. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 19th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, then walk around Vondelpark, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip maker site.

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, then let the kids burn off some steam at Kampa Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Dancing House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

Plan a Prague trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Amsterdam to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Budapest planner.

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Prague in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online route maker.

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
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Food Tours
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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