31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manama, Bahrain
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
7
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
14
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
15
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
16
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
17
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manama, Bahrain

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest driving holiday planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Budapest is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Manama in August; daily highs in Budapest reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
On the 4th (Sun), meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo and then admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then make a trip to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip website .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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 6th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum

1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Luxembourg City trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Luxembourg City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Paris.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Museums Parks Nightlife

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally take a stroll through Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris online road trip planner .

Take a train from Luxembourg City to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 10th (Sat), examine the collection at Skansen, then get in on the family fun at Grona Lunds Tivoli, and then get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Fotografiska, ponder the world of politics at Stockholm City Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan), then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Stockholm Old Town.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm road trip planning tool .

Fly from Paris to Stockholm in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Stockholm to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), then look for all kinds of wild species at Oslomarka, and then have fun and explore at The Kon-Tiki Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Vigelandsparken, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ingierstrand Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip itinerary site .

Fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Oslo when traveling from Stockholm in August, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

1
night
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Reykjavik road trip planning site .

Fly from Oslo to Reykjavik in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oslo in August, you will find days in Reykjavik are a bit cooler (16°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Lisbon.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally make a trip to Santa Justa Lift. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, then take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, then wander the streets of Alfama, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip tool .

You can fly from Reykjavik to Lisbon in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Reykjavik in August, expect nights in Lisbon to be a bit warmer, around 20°C, while days are much hotter, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll around Retiro Park, see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid trip tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Madrid is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: highs in Madrid hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in August, you will find days in Barcelona are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
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.
On the 21st (Wed), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Marineland, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Eglise St Pierre & Paul ©
Eglise St Pierre & Paul

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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 23rd (Fri): get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence online vacation planner .

Getting from Nice to Florence by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in August since evenings lows in Florence dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 27th (Tue), wander the streets of Old Town and then explore the ancient world of Walls of Dubrovnik. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, then head off the coast to Dubrovnik Boat Rentals, and then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip site .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Dubrovnik takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days in Dubrovnik, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Transportation Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

1
night
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kotor trip maker website .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kotor when traveling from Dubrovnik in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Kotor

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor

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night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 30th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, then wander the streets of Plaka, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Kotor to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kotor to Athens. Traveling from Kotor in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Athens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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