43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

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 historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in October since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Budapest.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

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.
Budapest is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Budapest: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Prague.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

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 11th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Petřín, take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Prague: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and explore and take pictures at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (Groeningemuseum, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brussels online visit planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October in Brussels, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In October, Lisbon is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Madrid.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, admire the striking features of Estacion de Atocha, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid journey site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Madrid. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in October, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.
Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November, Venice is little chillier than Barcelona - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online itinerary builder.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Rome, Italy — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rome vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Athens.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Athens, Greece — 4 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. Traveling from Rome in November, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14: