18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  5 h
5
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
7
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally wander the streets of Via Condotti. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and then stop by Antica Caciara Trasteverina.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Rome trip website .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In July, Rome is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

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St. Peter's Basilica
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio, explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

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Castello del Trebbio
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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 (Sat): take a stroll through Cannaregio, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, get a taste of the local shopping with Vittorio Costantini Workshop, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Milan.

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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then take an in-depth tour of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Milan visit planner.

Getting from Venice to Milan by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Monumental Cemetery ©
Monumental Cemetery

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Place Massena, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice itinerary tool .

You can drive from Milan to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Milan in July since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then see the interesting displays at Museum Calisson, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Seuil.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Aix-en-Provence, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and stop by Montmartre.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online travel route builder .

Traveling by train from Aix-en-Provence to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, Paris is little chillier than Aix-en-Provence - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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