42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Groningen, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
5
Sorrento, Italy
— 4 nights
subway + train:  2​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 11 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, make a trip to Dam Square, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Amsterdam vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Amsterdam hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Groningen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

4
nights
Groningen, Holland

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. Explore Groningen's surroundings by going to Eise Eisinga Planetarium (in Franeker), Leeuwarden (Fries Museum & Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden) and Kamp Westerbork (in Hooghalen). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Klooster-wandeling Aduard, admire the landmark architecture of Martinitoren, admire the natural beauty at Prinsentuin, and don't miss a visit to Stadhuis Groningen.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Groningen trip builder .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Groningen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Groningen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. You will leave for Cologne on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Groningen

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Leeuwarden, Drents Museum, Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen, Eise Eisinga Planetarium, Klooster-wandeling Aduard
Highlights from your plan
Fries Museum ©
Fries Museum
Eise Eisinga Planetarium ©
Eise Eisinga Planetarium
Klooster-wandeling Aduard ©
Klooster-wandeling Aduard

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig and then make a trip to Cologne Cathedral. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Phantasialand.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne day trip app .

Getting from Groningen to Cologne by car takes about 3.5 hours. October in Cologne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Phantasialand
Highlights from your plan
Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Hohematte Park) and Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Cologne to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sorrento.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
nights
Sorrento, Italy

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Explore Sorrento's surroundings by going to Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi), Ravello (Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela & Duomo di Ravello) and Fornillo (in Positano). Dedicate the 27th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Piazza Tasso.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sorrento visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight, train, and subway from Zurich to Sorrento in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Sorrento to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sorrento

Tours Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Positano, Ravello, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

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.
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, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, take a stroll through Trastevere, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome journey planner.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Sorrento to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sorrento in October, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Dedicate the 5th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Florence online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip site .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Florence in November: highs in Paris hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

11
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, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the London road trip site .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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