30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train + Fly:  8​h
3
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Riga, Latvia

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, museums, historic sites, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary maker site .

Riga, Latvia to Zurich is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riga to Zurich is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 4th (Sun), go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt day trip tool .

Take a train from Zurich to Zermatt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zermatt

Scenic Drive Transportation Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Hinterdorfstrasse ©
Hinterdorfstrasse

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Nice in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Marineland, Lérins Islands, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

2
nights
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 9th (Fri), head outdoors with Route des Cretes, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then browse the collection at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

Discover how to plan a Marseille trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Marseille when traveling from Nice in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes

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.
Spend the 13th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, stroll around Parc Guell, and make a trip to Las Ramblas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip website .

You can fly from Marseille to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, shopping, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
Seville, Spain

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de España. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take some stellar pictures from Catedral de Sevilla.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seville trip planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Seville sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, make a trip to Santa Justa Lift, and wander the streets of Belém Tower.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seville in August: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 35°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Porto holiday builder app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Porto to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Porto to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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