15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Fira, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Paris is minus 9 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Zurich online tour builder .

Fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Museums Parks
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary app .

Getting from Zurich to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in May: high temperatures in Venice hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence visit site .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome day trip site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, Rome is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Caldera Beach, then delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, and then kick back and relax at Red Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fira travel route planner .

You can fly from Rome to Fira in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Fira, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Fira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Tours Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri

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