42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Lisbon at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then walk around Parc Guell, and then examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Barcelona tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Barcelona are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in January, with highs in Florence at 53°F and lows at 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome journey planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Galata Tower ©
Galata Tower

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Budapest journey planning website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Budapest hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Vienna tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Prague holiday planner .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Prague, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

3
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: admire the striking features of Reichstag Building, make a trip to Potsdamer Platz, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and get to know the resident critters at ARTIS.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam planner .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February in Brussels, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris visit planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and take an in-depth tour of The British Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our London driving holiday site .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. February in London sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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