40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Cannes, France
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
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Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
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Naxos, Greece
— 5 nights
Ferry to Mykonos, Fly to Melbourne

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

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 6th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul is minus 7 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in June; daily highs in Istanbul reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Budapest.

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Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and then make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Budapest

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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 1 night

Venice of the North

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 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Russian Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Budapest in June, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Stockholm.

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Stockholm, Sweden

— 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 12th (Wed), examine the collection at Skansen, take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, then walk around Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and finally explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Stockholm Old Town.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then make a trip to Anne Frank House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower. Take a break from the city and head to Pego Beach and Praia de Melides. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Praia da Aberta Nova (in Grandola) and Praia do Carvalhal (in Carvalhal). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge and take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip maker app.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Cannes.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Cannes, France

— 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
For shopping fun, head to La Croisette or Rue d'Antibes. Escape the urban bustle at Lérins Islands and Plage d'Aiguebelle. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Plage de Gigaro (in La Croix-Valmer), Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou) and Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle). There's more to do: stroll through Castel Plage and enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Cannes in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Cannes are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Cannes

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Piazza San Marco, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally make a trip to Basilica di San Marco. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then head outdoors with Bahia del Sole Spiaggia, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cannes to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bagno Eva and Spiaggia di Torre Mozza. Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Florence trip app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

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Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rome route builder site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

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Ravello, Italy

— 4 nights
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Villa Rufolo. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Vigne di Raito and Duomo di Ravello. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ravello: Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and Positano (Arienzo Beach Club, Positano & Fornillo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di castiglione, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and head outdoors with Il Calypso Stabilimento Balneare.

Before you visit Ravello, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Rome to Ravello by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in June, expect nights in Ravello to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to Fira.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Fira, Greece

— 3 nights
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akrotiri and Santo Winery. Get outdoors at Kamari Beach and Amoudi Bay. Go for a jaunt from Fira to Akrotiri to see Experience Horse Riding about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Perivolos, learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, stroll through Red Beach, and see the interesting displays at Monastery of Profitis Ilias.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fira route planner.

You can fly from Ravello to Fira in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Fira are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Fira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

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Naxos, Greece

— 5 nights
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Little Venice and Plaka Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kalo Livadi Beach and Maragas Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Naos Tou Apollona - Portara, take in the exciting artwork at Fish & Olive, kick back and relax at Mikri Vigla Beach, and visit Kastro.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Naxos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Fira to Naxos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Naxos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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