24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 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 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Rome is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Rome: highs are around 16°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will enjoy Piazza della Signoria and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Siena and Ponte Vecchio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Piazza del Campo (in Siena). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence vacation planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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 2nd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then stroll around Parc Guell, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona holiday site.

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, then engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. January in Lisbon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and St Stephens Green. Kids will enjoy Guinness Storehouse and Phoenix Park. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dublin online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, Dublin is a bit cooler than Lisbon - with highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

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.
On the 9th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, and then get your game on at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Prague attractions planning tool.

Fly from Dublin to Prague in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Dublin to Prague, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dublin in January: high temperatures in Prague hover around 2°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Theme Parks
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Beer Tastings & Tours
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Prater and then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vienna are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

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.
Attractions like Fisherman's Bastion and Szechenyi Lanchid make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and get curious at Palace of wonders Csodák Palotája.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Budapest using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Szechenyi Lanchid ©
Szechenyi Lanchid
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

3
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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum and Suleymaniye Cami make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Istanbul in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) 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
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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