38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly + Tram:  5 h 15 min
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Medellin, Colombia

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You've now added Foz do Arelho Beach to your itinerary. On the 6th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, contemplate the long history of Belém Tower, browse the fresh offerings at Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, then look for gifts at Sapataria Do Carmo, and finally kick back and relax at Foz do Arelho Beach. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Chiado, stop by A Outra Face da Lua, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Sao Jorge, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon itinerary maker.

Medellin, Colombia to Lisbon is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Medellin to Lisbon is 5 hours. In March, Lisbon is slightly colder than Medellin - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chiado ©
Chiado
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Alfama ©
Alfama

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
You've now added Cite medievale to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Amphithéâtre Gallo-Romain, then look for gifts at La Fromagerie d'Oullins, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, and finally take a stroll through Cite medievale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally examine the collection at Musée Miniature et Cinéma.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Lyon holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lisbon to Lyon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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. Traveling from Lisbon in March, things will get a bit cooler in Lyon: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Cite medievale de Perouges, La Fromagerie d'Oullins
Highlights from your plan
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Luxembourg Gardens, Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres and Chateau of Coucy. Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Le Marais, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, kick back and relax at Paris Plage, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, Chateau of Coucy, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs d'Ixelles, wander the streets of Avenue Louise, see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally stop by Délices & Caprices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at La Maison des Maitres Chocolatiers Belges, make a trip to Place St. Gery, then engage your brain at Atomium, and finally enjoy some music at La Monnaie.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels holiday planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
La Monnaie ©
La Monnaie

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then stop by The Old Chocolate House, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Bruges are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Shopping Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Chocolate Line Bruges ©
The Chocolate Line Bruges

5
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.
Pfaueninsel and East Side Gallery will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz and Strandbad Tegeler See. Step out of Berlin to go to Luckenwalde and see Flaeming Skate, which is approximately 1:05 hours away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Pergamonmuseum, stop by AMPELMANN Shop am Gendarmenmarkt, don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, and take a stroll through Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin travel planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Bruges to Berlin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Berlin are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz, Flaeming Skate
Highlights from your plan
Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz ©
Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz
Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leica Gallery Prague as well as Prague Astronomical Clock. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pernickuv Sen and Pražská Čokoláda - Nerudova. Take a break from the city and head to Czech Paradise and Shooters Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Prague: St. George Forest (Svatojirsky les) (in Mcely) and Medvedarium (in Beroun). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Devil's Channel.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Czech Paradise, St. George Forest (Svatojirsky les), MedvEdarium
Highlights from your plan
Czech Paradise ©
Czech Paradise
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Leica Gallery Prague ©
Leica Gallery Prague

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to MOAI Beach and Faggeta del Monte Cimino. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Venture out of the city with trips to Riva di Polline (in Trevignano Romano) and Umbria Outdoor (in Piediluco). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Trastevere and stop by Antica Caciara.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Rome custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Prague to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Umbria Outdoor, Moai Beach, Faggeta del Monte Cimino, Riva di Polline
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Trastevere ©
Trastevere

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Val d'Orcia. Let the collections at Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Piazza del Campo & La Fabbrica delle Candele), Degusta La Cinta Senese (in Bagnaia), Bottega del Rame (in Montepulciano), Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti), San Quirico d'Orcia (in San Quirico d'Orcia) and La Taverna dei Barbi (in Montalcino). The adventure continues: stop by I'Mago, hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, and make a trip to Piazza della Signoria.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Siena, San Quirico d'Orcia, Val d'Orcia, Castello di Verrazzano, Degusta La Cinta Senese
Highlights from your plan
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Magic Fountain (Font Magica). Popular historic sites such as El Barri Gòtic and Güell Palace are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Casa Batlló and Casa Milà capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, kick back and relax at La Barceloneta, admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, and examine the collection at Picasso Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Florence to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza Mayor as well as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Madrid and San Roman Church. Head to Jacinta & Maria Chocolates and Gran Viafor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno) and Toledo (Iglesia de San Ildefonso Jesuitas, Museo De Santa Cruz, & more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado and hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Toledo, Playa del Alberche
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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