36 days in Western Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

36 days in Western Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Western Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train + Bus:  6 h 45 min
5
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
Subway + Train:  3 h
6
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
8
Hyeres, France
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Toronto, Canada

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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.
Royal Palace and Riddarholmen Church will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Vasa Museum and Nordiska museet. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Drottningholm Palace, step off the mainland to explore Sandhamn, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and get to know the fascinating history of Stockholm Old Town.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Stockholm is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get slightly colder in Stockholm: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
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Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

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nights
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.
The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Peterhof Grand Palace and Russian Museum. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, examine the collection at Sovereign's Fun, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

3
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue. Escape the urban bustle at Roman Beach and Palatinus Strandfürdő. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, wander the streets of Vaci Street, and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Budapest online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in August, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Venice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Budapest in August since evenings lows in Venice dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Venice

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

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and Museo della Carta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ravello: Marina di Praia Beach (in Praiano), Spiaggia Lannio (in Cetara) and Positano (Fornillo & Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ravello day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Ravello takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Venice in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ravello, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Spiaggia Di Minori, Lido Capo di Conca, Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Step off the beaten path and head to Duomo di Orvieto and Villa Adriana. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome trip planner .

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 August, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana, Duomo di Orvieto
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Historic Centre of San Gimignano (in San Gimignano), Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Piazza del Campo (in Siena). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

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Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de l'Escalet and Plage de Gigaro. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plage de Sylvabelle. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Plage de la Faviere), Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, & more) and Plage de Pampelonne (in Ramatuelle). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La plage, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud, and stroll through Plage noire du Langoustier.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hyeres day trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Hyeres by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Hyeres sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Croix-Valmer, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Grimaud, Saint-Tropez
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Le Marais, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hyeres to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, Paris is little chillier than Hyeres - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery and Westminster Abbey. Churchill War Rooms and Tate Modern will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, see the interesting displays at Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones Exhibition, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our London vacation tool .

Take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Urquhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle. Culloden Battlefield and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Glen Affric National Nature Reserve (in Cannich), Dornoch (Dornoch Beach & Royal Dornoch Golf Club) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Brora Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosemarkie Beach, explore the striking landscape of Cairngorms National Park, and explore the galleries of Nessieland.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Inverness trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from London to Inverness takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Inverness hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dornoch, Drumnadrochit, Cairngorms National Park, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Culloden Battlefield
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield

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