54 days in Middle East & Europe Itinerary

54 days in Middle East & Europe Itinerary

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54 days in Middle East & Europe Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  14​h
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
10
Rome, Italy
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Florence, Italy
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  3​h 30​min
13
Nice, France
— 9 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h
14
Barcelona, Spain
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h
15
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Perth, Australia

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): cool off at Wild Wadi Waterpark, then admire the striking features of Emirates Towers, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Burj Al Arab, and then ponder the design of Dubai Fountains.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Dubai trip itinerary app .

Perth, Australia to Dubai is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in July, with highs in Dubai at 49°C and lows at 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dubai

#Theme Parks, #Museums
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Wild Wadi Waterpark ©
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Dubai Fountains ©
Dubai Fountains

5
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.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and stroll through Vondelpark.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam planner .

Fly from Dubai to Amsterdam in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Haarlem
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Dom Tower and then get to know the fascinating history of Canals area.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Utrecht online travel route planner .

Utrecht is very close to Amsterdam. In August, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Cologne.

Things to do in Utrecht

#Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower
It's a Present! ©
It's a Present!

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cologne Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

#Historic Sites
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 9th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Romer, then admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, and then explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip planner .

Take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

#Museums, #Parks
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Staedel Museum ©
Staedel Museum
Palmengarten ©
Palmengarten
Romer ©
Romer

1
night
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Justizpalast), make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg (Nuremberg Castle), and finally make a trip to Altstadt.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip maker .

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Nuremberg

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace and then admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

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

You can fly from Nuremberg to Vienna in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nuremberg in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Vienna. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the galleries of Devin Castle (hrad), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), and then take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Bratislava day trip planner .

You can drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Devin Castle (hrad) ©
Devin Castle (hrad)
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Spend the 15th (Wed) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Budapest are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

#Spas, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Thermal Spas
Parliament ©
Parliament
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

few
hours
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in August: high temperatures in Rome hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

10
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Battistero di San Giovanni, & more), Torre di Pisa (in Pisa) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Florence

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Torre di Pisa, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries

4
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring at Lake Geneva. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Discover how to plan a Geneva trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Florence to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in August: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Geneva

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Palais des Nations, Genève ©
Palais des Nations, Genève

9
nights
Nice, France

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 1st (Sat) in some colorful company at Marineland. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, stroll through Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Nice, and wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice holiday builder website .

You can fly from Geneva to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in August since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Massif de l'Esterel, Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, Villa Kerylos
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Food Tours
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Marineland ©
Marineland

8
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.
When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see PortAventura World in Salou, approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, and see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona itinerary app .

Fly from Nice to Barcelona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Barcelona

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

PortAventura World
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, then make a trip to Museum Quarter, then hunt for treasures at Flower Market / Bloemenmarkt, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get lost in a book at Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek), and then take an in-depth tour of Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip site .

You can fly from Barcelona to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in September, with highs in Amsterdam at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Tours
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NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum
Walking tours

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