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
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Bogota, Colombia

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
The Walls of Avila and The Four Posts will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcazar de Segovia and Castle of Ibiza. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, & more), Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno) and Catedral de Ávila (in Avila). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra, explore by horseback at Caballos la Vereda, and hike along Ruta los Oficios de la Vida.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid holiday planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bogota to Madrid. Traveling from Bogota in September, expect Madrid to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Avila, Ruta los Oficios de la Vida, Castell de Eivissa, Caballos la Vereda
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Avila ©
Cathedral of Avila
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chartres Cathedral and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Paris Plage. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris custom trip planner.

Fly from Madrid to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 25°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau
Highlights from your plan
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

2
nights
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen, brush up on your military savvy at Atlantic Wall Museum, then stroll the grounds of Essex Farm Cemetery, and finally admire the striking features of Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at DOK City Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk), and then stroll through Bruges Art Route.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ghent travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paris to Ghent in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Ghent are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bruges, Atlantic Wall Museum, Essex Farm Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Torture Museum Oude Steen ©
Torture Museum Oude Steen
Bruges Art Route ©
Bruges Art Route
Essex Farm Cemetery ©
Essex Farm Cemetery

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.
Visit Strand Egmond aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Bussloo and Het Twiske. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, examine the collection at Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans, get to know the fascinating history of Brouwersgracht, and explore the world behind art at Rembrandt House Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, Zaanse Schans, Strand Egmond aan Zee, Bussloo
Highlights from your plan
De Duif ©
De Duif
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Neues Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Potsdam's Gardens and Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben), Stadtkirche Sankt Marien (in Wittenberg) and Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz (in Worlitz). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Strandbad Tegeler See, grab your bike and head to Flaeming Skate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbar Mitte, and admire the striking features of Sanssouci Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin vacation trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Potsdam, Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz, Flaeming Skate, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz
Highlights from your plan
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens
Sanssouci Palace ©
Sanssouci Palace
Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz ©
Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Czech Paradise and Kralovska Obora-Stromovka. Mala strana and Ossuary / The Cemetery Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral of St. Barbara (in Kutna Hora), Vanov Waterfalls (in Usti nad Labem) and Czech - Saxon Switzerland (in Hrensko). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, let little ones run wild at Kampa Park, browse the exhibits of Lobkowicz Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus of Prague.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Prague holiday planner.

Getting from Berlin to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sedlec Ossuary, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost, Czech Paradise, Vanov Waterfalls, Czech - Saxon Switzerland
Highlights from your plan
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace
Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost ©
Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument ©

4
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.
Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Istanbul Archaeological Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Florya Sahil Parkı and Suma Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and don't miss a visit to Istiklal Street.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul online itinerary creator.

Getting from Prague to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in October, with highs in Istanbul at 28°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Pierre Loti Tepesi ©
Pierre Loti Tepesi
Little Hagia Sophia ©
Little Hagia Sophia

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Acqua e Sale - Stabilimento Balneare and Sabbianera Super Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Point Break and Bau Beach. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Ostia Antica in Ostia Antica, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Vincoli, steep yourself in history at Terme di Caracalla, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Istanbul to Rome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Istanbul to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in October, Rome is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maccarese, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Point Break, Sabbianera Super Beach
Highlights from your plan
Terme di Caracalla ©
Terme di Caracalla
Piazza Venezia ©
Piazza Venezia
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as The Baptistery of St. John and Castello di Verrazzano are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Centro Storico di Siena and Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: San Gimignano 1300 (in San Gimignano) and Siena (Wine Tours & Tastings & Tower of Mangia). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi, and kick back and relax at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, San Gimignano 1300, Castello di Verrazzano
Highlights from your plan
Loggia dei Lanzi ©
Loggia dei Lanzi
San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
On the 19th (Thu), wander the streets of Campo Santa Margherita, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Battistero del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Piazza dei Signori, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza dei Signori. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zaccaria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and finally kick back and relax at Bibione Spiaggia.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Venice trip builder.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Florence in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Padua, Bibione Spiaggia, Piazza dei Signori
Highlights from your plan
Piazza dei Signori ©
Piazza dei Signori
Food Tours

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Ibiza, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Sorolla, and finally wander the streets of Gran Via.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Madrid holiday planner.

Getting from Venice to Madrid by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Castell de Eivissa
Highlights from your plan
Castell de Eivissa ©
Castell de Eivissa
Gran Via ©
Gran Via
Museo Sorolla ©
Museo Sorolla

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