59 days in Europe Itinerary

59 days in Europe Itinerary

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59 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
13
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
Istanbul, Turkey
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis Museum and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take an in-depth tour of Byzantine & Christian Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, and explore the ancient world of Theater of Dionysus.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary builder app .

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Athens to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Main Market Square. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and steep yourself in history at The Barbican (Barbakan).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Krakow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in December; daily highs in Krakow reach 5°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Get a sense of the local culture at Matthias Church and Dohány Street Synagogue. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Budapest vacation planning site .

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Get some historical perspective at Belvedere Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Devin Castle (hrad) in Bratislava (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, admire the striking features of St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), and make a trip to Haus der Musik Wien.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna route builder website .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Devin Castle (hrad)
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Jewish Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Karlstejn Castle in Karlstejn (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Town Square, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, stroll through The Vrtba Garden, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Prague trip planning website .

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Karlstejn Castle
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum. Popular historic sites such as Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and De Duif are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, wander the streets of Red Light District, and meet the residents at ARTIS.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam attractions tool .

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in December: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Haarlem
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and MIM - Musical Instruments Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Justice Palace (Palais de Justice). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Royal Palace of Brussels ©
Royal Palace of Brussels

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get a sense of the local culture at Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and stroll the grounds of The Catacombs of Paris.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel route builder .

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Jeronimos Monastery and Castelo de S. Jorge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra National Palace, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Tile Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica da Estrela, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 18°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa Batllo and Park Guell. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, step into the grandiose world of Montjuic Castle, and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Church of St. Louis of the French. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Villa Adriana in Tivoli, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

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Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Galleria dell'Accademia. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Baptistery of St. John and Piazza del Duomo. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Siena Cathedral about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena Cathedral
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

4
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.
St. Mark's Square and Doge's Palace will appeal to history buffs. Basilica di San Marco and San Giorgio Maggiore are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

8
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Venice in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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