22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Sydney, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, you will find days in Rome are little chillier (19°C), and nights are colder (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
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 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Florence are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

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

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally examine the collection at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona planning website .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Alfama, appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online journey planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Paris. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in March, with highs in Paris at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and then walk around Vondelpark.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at NaFilM: National film museum, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Prague holiday tool .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March in Prague, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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NaFilM: National film museum ©
NaFilM: National film museum
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Budapest online trip maker .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Budapest are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul journey planner .

Getting from Budapest to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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