30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Montreal, Canada

2
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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Castelo de S. Jorge and Park and National Palace of Pena will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra) and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower and take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon road trip tool .

Montreal, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time is 5 hours. While traveling from Montreal, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

3
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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 Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and The Paris Catacombs. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online travel route planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Paris is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lisbon in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piazza del Campo and Campanile di Giotto. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Duomo di Siena (in Siena). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Paris to Florence by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Florence reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

3
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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Palatine Hill are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Orvieto to see Duomo di Orvieto about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome holiday planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Halaszbastya and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and Hősök tere. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Rome to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in September, expect Budapest to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
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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 17th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cinili Mosque. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Rumeli Fortress, then explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul attractions app .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 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 September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

2
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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace.

To find out how to plan a trip to Salzburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Istanbul to Salzburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Salzburg, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Salzburg, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

3
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Schonbrunner Gardens and Melk Abbey. Visit Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, don't miss a visit to Historic Center of Vienna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, and examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Vienna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
On the 24th (Thu), wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Savior on the Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peterhof Grand Palace and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Prague in September, plan for a bit cooler days in St. Petersburg, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Riddarholmen Church, then examine the collection at Vasa Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Skansen. On the next day, head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, then explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then step into the grandiose world of Drottningholm Palace.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip maker tool .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Stockholm by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In September in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Drottningholm Palace ©
Drottningholm Palace

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