31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  8​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Subway + Train:  3​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some local products at Kaaswaag Edam, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally wander the streets of Leidseplein.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online sightseeing planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Amsterdam. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in October: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kaaswaag Edam
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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 a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris online day trip planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Croisette and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Do your shopping at Rue d'Antibes and Avenue Jean Medecin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer), VinAzur - Vins de provence (in St-Laurent du Var) and Vieille Ville (in Nice). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Pierini Verre contemporain.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Cannes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in October, things will get a bit warmer in Cannes: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Cannes

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nice, Pierini Verre contemporain, VinAzur - Vins de provence, Plage de Sylvabelle
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Shop till you drop at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ravello: Positano (Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano & Fornillo).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ravello online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Cannes to Ravello takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cannes in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Spiaggia di Atrani
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Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

3
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 Colosseum and Pantheon. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take an unorthodox tour of Catacombe di San Callisto, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome driving holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in October, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, shop like a local with M.G. Design, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence tour builder website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castello del Trebbio, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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 22nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then make a trip to Staromestske namesti, and finally see the interesting displays at Prasna brana. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then stroll through The Vrtba Garden, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Prague sightseeing app .

You can fly from Venice to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in October: high temperatures in Prague hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and then contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planning tool .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Vienna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

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.
Shop till you drop at Central Market Hall and Vaci Street. Get some cultural insight at Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Budapest journey planning site .

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Traveling from Budapest in October, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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