44 days in Europe Itinerary

44 days in Europe Itinerary

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44 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h
13
Akrotiri, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Barri Gòtic and MUHBA Domus Avinyo. Take a break from the city and head to Barceloneta Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, stop by Mercedes Mestre Atelier Flamenco, shop like a local with Setba Foundation, and browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Swiss National Museum and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Visit Old Town (Altstadt) and Grossmunster for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Lion Monument). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, examine the collection at Musee Visionnaire Zurich, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich online trip maker .

You can fly from Barcelona to Zurich in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Visiting Île de la Cité and Seine River will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Paris is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

5
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.
Head to Covent Garden and Walton Fine Artsfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Feldon Valley, Cotswolds (in Brailes) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read London visit planner .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Cotswolds Distillery, Feldon Valley, Cotswolds
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Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Anne Frank House, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel itinerary planner .

Fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Amsterdam. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get some historical perspective at Charlottenburg Palace and THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Get some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and art4berlin GALLERY. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Muggelsee.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Berlin visit website .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

3
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 28th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kleinmarkthalle, then explore the ancient world of Messel Pit Fossil Site, and then browse the different shops at Main-Taunus Zentrum. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Neroberg, then explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, and then admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt trip planner .

You can fly from Berlin to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Main-Taunus Zentrum, Messel Pit Fossil Site, Neroberg
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Neroberg ©
Neroberg
Messel Pit Fossil Site ©
Messel Pit Fossil Site
Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Galleria S.Eufemia and Atelier d'Arte La Colonna. Doge's Palace and San Marco 801 will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and make a trip to Dorsoduro.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Venice route planning site .

You can fly from Frankfurt to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 2nd (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then take in the exciting artwork at Collezione Roberto Casamonti, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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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

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vatican Museums and Church of St. Louis of the French. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rome route planning app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. January in Rome sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Areopagus. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Plaka, don't miss a visit to Ermou Street, kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, and view the masterpieces at Technohoros Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Athens, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Elia Beach, take a stroll through Little Venice, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Minima Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint George, see the interesting displays at Aegean Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Platis Gialos Beach, then stroll through Paradise Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Dio Horia.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mykonos Town travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Mykonos Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Elia Beach, Platis Gialos Beach, Minima Gallery, Paradise Beach
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Elia Beach ©
Elia Beach
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
nights
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Beach, then kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and finally stop by Faros Market. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Tomato Industrial Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore by horseback at Santo Horse Riding.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Akrotiri online trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Mykonos Town to Akrotiri in 2 hours. January in Akrotiri sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Vlychada, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Santo Horse Riding ©
Santo Horse Riding
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

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