45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train + subway:  3​h
8
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
bus + train:  5​h
9
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
10
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yelagin Island and Kronstadt. Your inner history buff will appreciate Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and explore the galleries of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg day trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be a bit cooler, around 2°C, while days are much colder, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Get some cultural insight at Matthias Church and Dohány Street Synagogue. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Halaszbastya. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, walk around Margaret Island, see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, and make a trip to Hősök tere.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest online journey planner .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from St. Petersburg in October, things will get a bit warmer in Budapest: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Popular historic sites such as Katedrala Svateho Vita and Prague Castle are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Spas. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Prague, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and take a stroll through Latin Quarter.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Prague in October, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, steep yourself in history at Palacio Chiado, take a stroll through Alfama, and make a trip to Rua Augusta.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in October, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ciutat Vella and El Born. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casa Batllo and Sant Pau del Camp. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, stroll around Parc Guell, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Barcelona road trip planning website .

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Barcelona are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella

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 Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Pantheon. Your inner history buff will appreciate Roman Forum and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in October, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico Ravello. Get outdoors at Spiaggia di castiglione and Ravello - Atrani Walk.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ravello tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in October, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza del Duomo and The Baptistery of St. John. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Ravello to Florence by combination of bus and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Florence when traveling from Ravello in November, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dorsoduro and Doge's Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Venetian Arsenal.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice vacation maker website .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

3
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.
Visit Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Halic. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, and admire the striking features of Yeni Camii.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip maker website .

Fly from Venice to Istanbul in 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 November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

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