22 days in Western Europe & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in Western Europe & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

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22 days in Western Europe & Greater Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
7
St Kilda, Australia
— 1 day
taxi:  15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 4th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum).

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam online trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Amsterdam. Traveling from Melbourne in September, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, then get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our London trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Amsterdam to London takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in London, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

5
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.
Le Marais and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris online vacation planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Park and National Palace of Pena and Quinta da Regaleira. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ilha do Pessegueiro and Praia Grande. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Grandola (Praia da Gale-Fontainhas & Praia de Melides) and Praia da Samoqueira (in Porto Covo). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Lisbon is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Porto Covo, Sintra, Grandola
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Ilha do Pessegueiro ©
Ilha do Pessegueiro
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery

1
night
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 18th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll through Park Guell.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planning app .

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. In September in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vatican Museums and Colosseum. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome travel planning site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in September since evenings lows in Rome dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
day
St Kilda, Australia

St Kilda
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the St Kilda trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rome to St Kilda. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Rome to St Kilda due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rome in September; daily highs in St Kilda reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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