42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Toulon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Saint-Raphael, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  4​h
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Houston, United States

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, then explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, and then have fun at Skatepark du Prado.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip app .

Houston, USA to Marseille is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Marseille, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in April, with highs in Marseille at 67°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Toulon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Abbaye Saint Victor ©
Abbaye Saint Victor

1
night
Toulon, France

Toulon ©
Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Croix radieuse Du Point Sublime du Faron, then examine the collection at Musee National de la Marine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rade de Toulon, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the next day, make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-Du-Cap-Falcon, don't miss a visit to Cours Lafayette, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Port de Cassis.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Toulon online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Marseille to Toulon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Toulon are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Toulon

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Vieille Ville, Port de Cassis
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Port de Cassis ©
Port de Cassis

4
nights
Saint-Raphael, France

Saint-Raphael ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle Sainte-Anne (in Saint-Tropez) and Port Grimaud (in Grimaud).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael road trip tool .

You can drive from Toulon to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, Les Gorges du Verdon, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Port Grimaud
Highlights from your plan
Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael ©

5
nights
Nice, France

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nice road trip planning tool .

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Antibes, La Croisette, Saint-Paul de Vence
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Mt Pilatus, & more) and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), get your game on at Virtual Reality Center, and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich route builder .

You can fly from Nice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, Zurich is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lucerne, Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Munich online vacation planner .

Getting from Zurich to Munich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Munich sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, nature, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Miniatur Wunderland, get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, ponder the world of politics at Townhall, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Hamburg itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), Keukenhof (in Lisse) and De Candelaer (in Delft). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam attractions planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hamburg to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Keukenhof, De Candelaer
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
On the 12th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally appreciate the history behind Oude Griffie.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Atomium, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels route builder .

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 19th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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