37 days in Europe Itinerary

37 days in Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Visit Anne Frank House and Begijnhof for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), stroll through Vondelpark, get engrossed in the history at Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary tool .

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. While traveling from Melbourne, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Atomium, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, then examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

4
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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Sainte-Chapelle. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: highs in Madrid hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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 11th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Picasso, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll through Park Guell.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Marco and Basilica di Sant’Antonio are in your itinerary. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice travel planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Venice to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Uffizi Galleries and Pitti Palace. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Siena Cathedral about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: highs in Florence hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Siena Cathedral
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

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.
St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums will appeal to history buffs. Galleria Borghese and Sistine Chapel will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome online vacation builder .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

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

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum). Your inner history buff will appreciate Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and explore the historical opulence of Buda Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Budapest holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Rome to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Budapest is a bit cooler than Rome - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

3
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.
Let the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and Lobkowicz Palace capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Prague Castle and Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Prague itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to London.

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Jewish Museum in Prague ©
Jewish Museum in Prague
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

7
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.
Natural History Museum and Tate Modern will appeal to museum buffs. St. Paul's Cathedral and Churchill War Rooms will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Prague to London takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Prague to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in December, things will get a bit warmer in London: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for home.

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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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