41 days in Europe Itinerary

41 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Paros, Greece
— 3 nights
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Zakynthos Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive to Zakynthos International Airport "Dionysios Solomos", Fly to Lisbon
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Lagos, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights

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Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, take in the exciting artwork at Orlik Gallery, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and finally contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Athens Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Seahorse Dive Center, then get outside with Astir Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Athens Art Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Athens trip maker.

Bogota, Colombia to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bogota to Athens due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in Athens reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Paros.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Paros, Greece

— 3 nights

Poor Man's Mykonos

Long ignored by tourists because of its reputation as a plain ferry hub, Paros today serves as one of the Aegean's major holiday destinations, luring travelers with its fashionable resort towns and quaint mountain villages.
Parikia Town and Archaeological Museum Parou are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lefkes and Pountas Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Palm Beach Paros, pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Ekatondapiliani, enjoy the sand and surf at Aliki Beach, and look for gifts at Atelier Noe Ceramics.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paros trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Athens to Paros in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Athens in July, you will find days in Paros are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zakynthos Town.

Things to do in Paros

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Zakynthos Town, Greece

— 4 nights
The commercial center of the eponymous island, Zakynthos Town bustles with the energy as excited tourists and residents go about their daily business.
Relax by the water at Vasilikos Beach and St Nicholas Beach. Visit Saint Nicholas Church and Zakynthos Metropolis Church for their historical value. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of D Solomos and Eminent People of Zakynthos, pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Dionisios Church, take a stroll through Dionysios Solomos Square, and tee off at World Tour Mini Golf.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Zakynthos Town tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Paros to Zakynthos Town takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Paros in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zakynthos Town, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 23°C. You'll set off for Lisbon on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Zakynthos Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Lisbon, Portugal

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Let the collections at National Coach Museum and Museu de Marinha capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Praia do Tamariz (in Estoril), Praia de Carcavelos (in Carcavelos) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Castelo dos Mouros). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, explore the world behind art at Museu Colecao Berardo, make a trip to Belém Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina).

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zakynthos Town to Lisbon. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Zakynthos Town to Lisbon. Traveling from Zakynthos Town in July, things will get a bit cooler in Lisbon: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Portugal

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Visit Praia Da Rocha and Molhe Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at LAC - Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas and Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, get outside with Pro Putting Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tres Castelos Beach, and kick back and relax at Vau Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lagos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porto, Portugal

— 4 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Matosinhos Beach and Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) and Paco dos Duques de Braganca. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Largo da Oliveira (in Guimaraes) and Coimbra (Capela de Sao Miguel & Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, examine the collection at FC Porto Museum, look for gifts at Garrafeira do Carmo, and take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lagos to Porto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lagos in July; daily highs in Porto reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Ciutat Vella will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at La Boqueria and MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Beach Castelldelfels Barcelona in Castelldefels--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, and see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Porto to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Barcelona is 1 hour. In August, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Porto - with highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Brussels.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History. Let the collections at Gravensteen and Atomium capture your imagination. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Herge Museum (in Louvain-la-Neuve), Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud) and Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, St Michael's Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), ponder the design of Mont des Arts, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Barcelona to Brussels in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, things will get little chillier in Brussels: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 7 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Canals area. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Micropia. Venture out of the city with trips to Nieuwe Kerk (in Delft), Utrecht (Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), Dom Tower, &more) and The Hague (Panorama Mesdag, Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary site.

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Zakynthos travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Flower of the East
Located just off the west coast of mainland Greece, Zakynthos enjoys a reputation as both a party destination and a family-friendly getaway. Packed with foreign tourists along its eastern and southeastern coastline, the island also features numerous tranquil pockets in its central region of forested mountains and rolling hills. Avoid the overcrowded east by discovering the island's less-explored northern sections, which contain a series of deep caves that feature sun reflecting on seawater and white stones, creating a striking shade of azure particular to this part of the world. The northern capes of the island also offer the calmest waters, which lap a string of developed beaches with plenty of modern facilities.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.