30 days in Europe, Middle East & Africa Itinerary

30 days in Europe, Middle East & Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Europe, Middle East & Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Istanbul is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Istanbul to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
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.
Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Albertina, walk around Schonbrunner Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Vienna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 10th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Getreidegasse, explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg itinerary tool .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich driving holiday planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Zurich by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or fly. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Duomo di Pisa) and Siena (Siena Cathedral & Piazza del Campo). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Florence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Florence: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Pisa, Siena
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

4
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.
Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa d'Este, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rome driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Monastiraki, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. Traveling from Rome in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Athens. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

1
night
Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wadi Rum road trip planning website .

You can fly from Athens to Wadi Rum in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Nature Parks
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

2
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Wadi Rum to Sharm El Sheikh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. April in Sharm El Sheikh sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Old Market ©
Old Market

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