22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
subway + train:  3​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

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.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet District will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul sightseeing planning app .

Brisbane, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brisbane to Istanbul. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, then explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Vigne di Raito and Centro Storico Ravello. Venture out of the city with trips to Positano (Fornillo & Church of Santa Maria Assunta).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ravello visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Budapest to Ravello in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Le Vigne di Raito, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in June, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

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

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Florence sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

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

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.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online visit planner .

You can fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in June, with highs in Paris at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some cultural insight at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and The Anna Akhmatova Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, examine the collection at The Bath Block, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, and browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Paris to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for little chillier days in St. Petersburg, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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