16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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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
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Bus + 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.
On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

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Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris travel planner.

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in January: highs in Paris hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Powder Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, and finally make a trip to 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, then don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, then steep yourself in history at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Prague trip builder tool.

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In January, Prague is a bit cooler than Paris - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
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, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then explore the world behind art at Albertina, then examine the collection at The Hofburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maria Am Gestade.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planning website.

Drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) ©

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Chora Museum and Istanbul Modern. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Zeyrek Mosque, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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