20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
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:  4​h 45​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Venice road trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Venice is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

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Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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.
On the 19th (Sat), make a trip to Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and then get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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 21st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then stop by El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture 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 next day: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Louvre Museum. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at ARTIS, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can 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.
On the 27th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On the next day, wander the streets of Lesser Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Prague, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
On the 29th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of 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 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Budapest online journey planner .

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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