36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Beijing, China
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
13
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Columbus, United States

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Neva Embankments, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, then wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt, and finally stop by Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykh.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner .

Beijing, China to St. Petersburg is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive. Traveling from Beijing to St. Petersburg, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in June, you will find days in St. Petersburg are cooler (68°F), and nights are little chillier (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) and St. Basil's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. Change things up with a short trip to The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiyev Posad (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, browse the range of quality goods at GUM, and steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip builder app .

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Lenin's Mausoleum ©
Lenin's Mausoleum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally take a stroll through Sultanahmet District. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Moscow to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in July, with highs in Istanbul at 84°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a stroll through Plaka, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, then take in the exciting artwork at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', then appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally wander the streets of Ermou Street.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip maker tool .

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens due to the time zone difference. In July, Athens is a bit warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then admire the striking features of Pantheon, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Serra. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and then take a stroll through Via Condotti.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome route planner .

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in July since evenings lows in Rome dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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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 8th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, and then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Venice road trip planning tool .

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Venice

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

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Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get outdoors at Castel Plage and Coco Beach. Vieille Ville and St Nicholas Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Saint-Paul de Vence in St-Paul-de-Vence, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, learn about winemaking at Domaine de Toasc, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

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

You can fly from Venice to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Venice in July, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paris, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Fraumünster Church. For shopping fun, head to Bahnhofstrasse or Confiserie Sprungli. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Hofkirche). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and Haidhausen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Munich Residenz and Schwabing. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, explore the activities along English Garden, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Munich travel planning app .

Drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Munich

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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Begijnhof are in your itinerary. Head to Leidseplein and Albert Cuyp Marketfor plenty of shopping. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and browse the fresh offerings at Nieuwmarkt.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam journey planner .

Getting from Munich to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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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.
Westminster Abbey and Tower of London are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Covent Garden, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our London trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Amsterdam to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to London is minus 1 hour. In July in London, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in London

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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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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 29th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. On the next day, get outside with Prague for Two, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, shop like a local with Moser Sales Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Prague driving holiday planning tool .

You can fly from London to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Prague is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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