38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bogota, Colombia
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
14
Prague, Czech Republic
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
15
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Bogota, Colombia

2
nights
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 16th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Guadarrama, hike along Senda de la Cascada del Purgatorio, and then steep yourself in history at Templo de Debod. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, identify plant and animal life at Faunia, and then hit the slopes at Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Madrid vacation trip planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in September: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Rascafria
Highlights from your plan
Templo de Debod ©
Templo de Debod

2
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 18th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Casa Batlló, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playa de Sitges, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Platja de Ribes Roges. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at El Cafè de la Pedrera, then admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, then stroll through La Barceloneta, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona vacation builder.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Playa de Sitges, Platja de Ribes Roges
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Visiting Île de la Cité and Paris Plage will get you outdoors. Visit Palace of Versailles and Montmartre for their historical value. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Frietmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Groeninge Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then kick back and relax at Zandvoort aan Zee. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Egmond aan Zee, then identify plant and animal life at Het Twiske, and then wander the streets of Red Light District.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Strand Egmond aan Zee, Zandvoort aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 28th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, then see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Glyfada Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Plaka District, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and finally don't miss a visit to Acropolis of Athens.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Athens in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Athens is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Athens at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sultanahmet Square, then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and then stroll through Florya Sahil Parkı. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, kick back and relax at Solar Plajı, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Florya Sahil Parkı ©
Florya Sahil Parkı
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, stroll through Point Break, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Louis of the French, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for little chillier nights in Rome, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare, Point Break
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and then experience rural life at Castello di Verrazzano. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagni Perla, enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Alberoni, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): kick back and relax at Bahia del Sole and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eraclea Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, you will find days in Venice are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Venice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chioggia, Eraclea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri
Bahia del Sole ©
Bahia del Sole

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, then head off the coast to Sandhamn, then step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, and finally admire the landmark architecture of German Church. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, take an in-depth tour of Royal Armory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen, then step off the mainland to explore Langholmen, and finally examine the collection at Skansen.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm vacation builder.

Getting from Venice to Stockholm by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in October; daily highs in Stockholm reach 12°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum

2
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Spirit Church, wander the streets of Toompea Hill, then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Pirita, trek along Viru Bog Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dome Church / St. Mary's Church, and finally examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tallinn trip builder.

Fly from Stockholm to Tallinn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Tallinn is 1 hour. In October in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Viru Bog Trail
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Flaeming Skate, then make a trip to Potsdamer Platz, and then examine the collection at Pergamonmuseum. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tegeler See, and then contemplate the long history of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Berlin vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Flaeming Skate, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Potsdamer Platz ©
Potsdamer Platz

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Prague Astronomical Clock and St. Nicholas Church. Get some cultural insight at Prague Castle and Mala strana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Prague: Czech Paradise (in Trutnov), Ossuary / The Cemetery Church (in Kutna Hora) and Hruba Skala - Rock City (in Turnov). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, explore the striking landscape at Vanov Waterfalls, steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Prague tour planner.

Fly from Berlin to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Prague, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turnov, Vanov Waterfalls, Czech - Saxon Switzerland, St. George Forest (Svatojirsky les), Sedlec Ossuary
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Ibiza, then take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, then don't miss a visit to Gran Via, and finally take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid vacation trip planner.

Getting from Prague to Madrid by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Madrid is a bit warmer than Prague - with highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Castell de Eivissa
Highlights from your plan
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

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