22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Let the collections at House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) capture your imagination. Halaszbastya and Dohány Street Synagogue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, make a trip to Vaci Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder site .

Melbourne, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Budapest to be much colder, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 5th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, then contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and then don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade).

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
On the 7th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and finally get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip builder site .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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 9th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. On your second day here, shop like a local with Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and then make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Prague in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

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Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time 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
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, wander the streets of Taksim Square, and take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul. When traveling from Rome in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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