16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rome day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Rome reach 16°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 31st (Tue), snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary site .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip tool .

Fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in January, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Prasna brana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then contemplate the long history of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Prague online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Prague is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
On the 6th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace, and then don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally admire the striking features of Maria Am Gestade.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Appreciate the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern. Get some cultural insight at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cinili Mosque, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route builder .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in January, expect nights in Istanbul to be much hotter, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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