36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
8
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
10
Sintra, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Frauenkirche and Mitte. Relax by the water at Strandbar Mitte and Strandbad Wannsee. Explore Berlin's surroundings by going to Potsdam (Neues Palais & Potsdam's Gardens) and Dresden (Procession of Princes, Bruhl's Terrace, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Potsdamer Platz and admire the architecture and history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin.

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Melbourne, Australia to Berlin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dresden, Potsdam
Highlights from your plan
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Praetorium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Ursula, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Gereon's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of St. Maria im Kapitol, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilika St. Aposteln.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cologne online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Berlin to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Praetorium ©
Praetorium
St. Ursula ©
St. Ursula
Saint Gereon's Basilica ©
Saint Gereon's Basilica

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels, and finally examine the collection at MOOF Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brussels road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Cologne to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Abbaye de Villers
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Portuguese Synagogue and Begijnhof. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Jordaan, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, stroll through The Amstel, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Casa Batllo and Ciutat Vella. Step off the beaten path and head to Barcelona Cathedral and Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona in Castelldefels--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of El Born, explore the galleries of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, go for a stroll along the water at El Puerto de Barcelona, and get to know the fascinating history of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 33°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

2
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jerome Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja, then steep yourself in history at La Madraza, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Chapel of Granada. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Mirador de San Nicolas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Mayor de Granada, then step into the grandiose world of Nasrid Palaces, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Anton.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Granada are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are slightly colder (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cordoba.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada
Monasterio Cartuja ©
Monasterio Cartuja

2
nights
Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 9th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Lorenzo Mártir, contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, take a stroll through Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and finally make a trip to Calleja del Panuelo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Casa de las Cabezas- Patios de Leyenda and then do a tasting at Bodegas Lagar Blanco.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cordoba trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Granada to Cordoba by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Granada, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 22°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

Bodegas Lagar Blanco
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

2
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
On the 10th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Royal Alcázar of Seville. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza del Triunfo, admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Sevilla, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de San Jose, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Magdalena, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seville travel route builder .

Getting from Cordoba to Seville by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cordoba in August: highs in Seville hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Archaeological Ensemble of Italica ©
Archaeological Ensemble of Italica

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Miradouro da Graca and Parque Natural da Arrabida. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Belém Tower, admire the striking features of Igreja de Sao Roque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), and wander the streets of Parque das Nacoes.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon online day trip planner .

Getting from Seville to Lisbon by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seville in August; daily highs in Lisbon reach 35°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Parque Natural da Arrabida
Highlights from your plan
Miradouro da Graca ©
Miradouro da Graca
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

few
hours
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena, contemplate the long history of Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, and then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional de Sintra.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sintra tour itinerary planner.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chalet da Condessa D’Edla ©
Chalet da Condessa D’Edla
Palacio Nacional de Sintra ©
Palacio Nacional de Sintra

4
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
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.
Visit Se de Braga and Palacio da Bolsa for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Torre dos Clerigos and Citania de Briteiros. Go for a jaunt from Porto to Guimaraes to see Largo da Oliveira about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, get great views at Porto Bridge Climb, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sintra to Porto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Sintra in August, things will get slightly colder in Porto: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salamanca.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Spas Shopping

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Se de Braga
Highlights from your plan
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
nights
Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca ©
Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Convento de las Duenas, steep yourself in history at St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), contemplate the long history of Casa de las Conchas, then contemplate the long history of Palacio de Anaya, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Sebastian. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Anaya, contemplate the long history of Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo), ponder the world of politics at Universidad de Salamanca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieronimus, then explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Monterrey, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Purisima Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salamanca road trip planner.

You can drive from Porto to Salamanca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Porto in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Salamanca: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Madrid.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ieronimus ©
Ieronimus
Casa de las Conchas
Casa de las Conchas

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Catedral de Segovia. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Segovia (La Muralla de Segovia & Alcazar de Segovia), Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno) and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes (in Toledo). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla Cachito de Cielo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Cerralbo.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Salamanca to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Madrid when traveling from Salamanca in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Segovia, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Playa del Alberche
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia

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