30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Squarefor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Park and National Palace of Pena and Castelo dos Mouros. Spend the 10th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Belém Tower, hunt for treasures at Feira da Ladra, go for a walk through Avenida da Liberdade, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

Discover how to plan a Lisbon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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.
On the 11th (Wed), go for a walk through Passeig de Gracia, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally savor the flavors at La Boqueria. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona travel route planning site .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Le Marais, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 16th (Mon), stop by L'Antre des Delices, then wander the streets of La Croisette, and then wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Collegiale Saint Paul, then take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and finally hunt for treasures at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes road trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Cannes in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Cannes are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Cannes

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, L'Antre des Delices, La Collegiale Saint Paul
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Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
La Collegiale Saint Paul ©
La Collegiale Saint Paul

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 18th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale. On your second day here, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then get a taste of the local shopping with M.G. Design, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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M.G. Design ©
M.G. Design
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Palatine Hill are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roman Forum and Church of St. Louis of the French. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria della Vittoria, and take a stroll through Via Condotti.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally contemplate the long history of Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take a stroll through Lesser Town, then look for gifts at Artel, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Prague is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Head to Vienna Naschmarkt and Graben and Kohlmarktfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Pack the 27th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vienna day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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.
Get some historical perspective at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Andrassy Avenue and Vaci Street. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and look for gifts at Herend Porcelain - Hadik Shop.

Before you visit Budapest, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Adnan and Hasanfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami . Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and enjoy breathtaking views from KIz Kulesi.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Istanbul online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in December, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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