53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
11
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
13
Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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.
Let the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The State Hermitage Museum capture your imagination. Palace Square and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Russian Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace & Park Ensemble Sergiyevka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Khram Svyatykh Apostolov Petra I Pavla.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to St. Petersburg is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get cooler in St. Petersburg: highs are around -1°C and lows about -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 29:
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Palace Square
Palace Square

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Prague Castle and NaFilM: National film museum. Visit Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, take in the views from Charles Bridge, and admire the masterpieces at St. George's Basilica.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Prague by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in February: high temperatures in Prague hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 3:
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NaFilM: National film museum ©
NaFilM: National film museum
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum. Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Willet-Holthuysen Museum will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel planner.

Fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Frans Hals Museum
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Historic Centre of Brugge. Get some historical perspective at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Basilica of the Holy Blood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (Belfry of Bruges & Groeningemuseum). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and make a trip to Atomium.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip app.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:
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Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

4
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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bournemouth Beach and Houses of Parliament. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery and The British Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Combe Mill (in Long Hanborough) and Swinbrook (St Oswald's Church & St Mary's Church). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the London itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Burford, Combe Mill, Bournemouth Beach
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:
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Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alcazar of Segovia and Catedral Primada. Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Cerralbo will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Madrid to Segovia to see Puerto De Cotos about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid visit planner.

Fly from London to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Traveling from London to Madrid, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Madrid hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Segovia, Catedral Primada
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Duomo di Orvieto in Orvieto, about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Rome by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Rome are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazza Maggiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Step off the beaten path and head to Duomo di Siena and Campanile di Giotto. Venture out of the city with trips to Piazza del Campo (in Siena) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence journey planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Siena, Piazza Maggiore, Castello del Trebbio
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore

3
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.
Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, approximately Padua away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. March in Venice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and The Hofburg. Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, don't miss a visit to Freyung, admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vienna holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Vienna, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Your inner history buff will appreciate Fisherman's Bastion and Heroes' Square. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Budapest travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Budapest are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sultanahmet District and Suleymaniye Cami . Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Museum and Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of KIz Kulesi, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 15:
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Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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