36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
13
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Mycenae (Lion Gate & Archaeological Site Mycenae) and Akrokorinthos (in Corinth). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens online vacation builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Athens, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get warmer in Athens: highs are around 39°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mycenae, Akrokorinthos
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National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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.
Let the collections at Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in August since evenings lows in Rome dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

St. Peter's Basilica, Villa Adriana
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Museo di San Marco will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena are in your itinerary. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Florence online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Duomo di Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

3
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.
HMS Belfast has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. Popular historic sites such as Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and explore the world behind art at Tate Modern.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our London tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Florence to London by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Florence to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, London is little chillier than Florence - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Haarlem (Grote Markt & Hofje van Bakenes) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, walk around Vondelpark, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner .

You can fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Amsterdam, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom, then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, then steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and finally step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at Raum der Stille am Brandenburger Tor, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, and finally get your game on at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin attractions planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Prasna brana, take an in-depth tour of Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at St. George's Basilica, contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Berlin to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Prague sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
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St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the galleries of Wieliczka Salt Mine, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, stop by Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, then admire the natural beauty at Profesorski Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planning app .

Getting from Prague to Krakow by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. September in Krakow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Hofburg and Albertina. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, make a trip to Stephansplatz, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, and explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Krakow to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

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.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, make a trip to Halaszbastya, then admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue and then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
You've now added CHERNOBYL TOUR to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the world from above with CHERNOBYL TOUR, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, then see the interesting displays at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Sophia Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Golden Gate, appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland), and then see the interesting displays at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kiev driving holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Kiev in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Kiev sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kiev

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, explore the galleries of Kazan Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at The Bath Block.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Kiev to St. Petersburg takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Kiev in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the world behind art at New Tretyakov Gallery, steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of The Holy Virgin, then stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, then brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow online day trip planner .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Church of The Holy Virgin
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Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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