26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  29 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. When in Rome, make a side trip to see MOAI Beach in Passo Oscuro, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, wander the streets of Via Condotti, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Rome to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Moai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
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 Galleria dell'Accademia and Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Castello di Verrazzano are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Santa Brigida to see Castello del Trebbio about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mercato Centrale.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castello di Verrazzano, Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): wander the streets of Cannaregio, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the galleries of Doges' Palace, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll around Isola di Burano, then browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice tour planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Florence in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
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 Palace of Versailles and Champs-Elysees. Le Marais and River Seine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in July, with highs in Paris at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tower of London, hunt for treasures at Jamon Jamon Paella, then take an in-depth tour of British Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Hampstead, then take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Harrods, and finally step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our London travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in London are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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.
Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Rembrandt House Museum are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and De Negen Straatjes. Step out of Amsterdam to go to Zandvoort and see Zandvoort aan Zee, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, take an in-depth tour of Resistance Museum, and take a stroll through Leidseplein.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam holiday planner.

Fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from London to Amsterdam, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kilmainham Gaol and Grafton Street. Appreciate the collections at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Portmarnock to see Portmarnock Beach about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Temple Bar, examine the collection at Chester Beatty Library, stroll through St. Stephen's Green, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Old Jameson Distillery.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read Dublin custom trip planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In July, Dublin is slightly colder than Amsterdam - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Portmarnock Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Barri Gòtic and Las Ramblas. Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Familia will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Barceloneta, don't miss a visit to Park Güell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Milà.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Barcelona is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

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