24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Izmir, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
4
Brasov, Romania
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  9​h
5
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taksim Square. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Step off the beaten path and head to Bosphorus Strait and Sultanahmet Square. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern European Time is minus 7 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Izmir Ephesus Tours.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Izmir road trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Izmir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in September since evenings lows in Izmir dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bucharest.

Things to do in Izmir

Tours
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Izmir Ephesus Tours ©
Izmir Ephesus Tours

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Patriarchal Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, wander the streets of Old Town, explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art of Romania, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Coral Temple, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at AFI Cotroceni.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bucharest driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Bucharest in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Izmir in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Bucharest, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Patriarchal Cathedral ©
Patriarchal Cathedral
The National Museum of Art of Romania ©

4
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Peles Castle as well as Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti. Step off the beaten path and head to Brasov Historical Center and Black Church (Biserica Neagra). Get some cultural insight at Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and Turnul Alb. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, buy something for everyone on your list at Coresi Shopping Mall, look for gifts at Barrique M, and pause for some serene contemplation at Fortified Church of Harman.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brasov trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Bucharest to Brasov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Rasnov Citadel, Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, Peles Castle, Fortified Church of Harman
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Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti ©
Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti
Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Historic Center of Vienna. Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunner Gardens and Cafe Gloriette. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Vienna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Prague on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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MuseumsQuartier Wien ©
MuseumsQuartier Wien
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prague Castle and Lobkowicz Palace. National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror and Illusion Art Museum Prague (IAM Prague) will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Prague side-trips: MedvEdarium (in Beroun) and Czech Paradise (in Turnov). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, step into the grandiose world of Waldstein Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Prague travel planner.

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Prague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Czech Paradise, MedvEdarium
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Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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