42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Fly
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Palermo, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
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Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Train to Messina Centrale, Ferry to Villa S.Giovanni, Train to Pompeii
3
Pompeii, Italy
— 1 day
Train
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ischia, Bus to Forio
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Forio, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry to Municipio, Train to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
8
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Como, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Bus
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Graz, Austria
— 2 nights

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Palermo, Italy

— 4 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Norman Palace and Duomo di Monreale are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario Santa Rosalia and Palazzo Conte Federico. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Mondello, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Domenico e Chiostro, and get great views at Monte Pellegrino.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Palermo day trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Palermo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Athens to Palermo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Taormina.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Taormina, Italy

— 2 nights
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Ancient Theatre of Taormina, head off the coast to Isola Bella, get outside with Lido la Pigna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Madonna della Rocca, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Castelmola, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo del Castello di Mola. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Duomo, ponder the design of Quattro Fontane di Taormina, get a dose of the wild on Etna Wild, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Lido di Naxos.

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Getting from Palermo to Taormina by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Pompeii.

Things to do in Taormina

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Pompeii, Italy

— 1 day

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the ancient world of House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), steep yourself in history at Villa dei Misteri, explore the ancient world of House of Venus in the Shell, then explore the ancient world of Casa di Ottavio Quartione, then don't miss a visit to Villa di Giulia Felice, and finally delve into the distant past at Casa Dei Quadretti Teatrali o Casca Longus - Pompei.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Pompeii trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Taormina to Pompeii in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Pompeii when traveling from Taormina in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naples.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites

Naples, Italy

— 2 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, steep yourself in history at Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, browse the exhibits of Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, learn about all things military at Galleria Borbonica, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie di Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, and finally examine the collection at Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, then explore the ancient world of The Neapolis Buried, then contemplate the long history of San Domenico Maggiore, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Naples tour itinerary planning website.

Naples is just a stone's throw from Pompeii. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Forio.

Things to do in Naples

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Forio, Italy

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico di Pithecusae, examine the collection at Museo del Mare, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, examine the collection at Casa Museo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Citara, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Di Santa Maria Di Loreto. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Gaetano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vito, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dell’Arciconfraternita di Santa Maria Visitapoveri a Forio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Soccorso.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Forio day trip planning app.

Getting from Naples to Forio by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Forio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Cupola di San Pietro. Visit Colosseum and Villa Borghese for their historical value. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rome, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Forio to Rome takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Forio in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rome, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Corridoio Vasariano. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Montecatini Alto (in Montecatini Alto), Tenuta Torciano (in Ulignano) and San Gimignano (San Gimignano 1300, Duomo di San Gimignano, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Pisa, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of San Frediano, and contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planning website.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Milano and Gallerie d’Italia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza Ducale and Villa Necchi Campiglio. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Vigevano (Castello Sforzesco & Strada Coperta, Strade Sotterranee e Cavallerizza), Abbazia Santa Maria di Morimondo (in Morimondo) and Basilica San Teodoro (in Pavia). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, get advice or help at Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and appreciate the history behind Arco della Pace.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Milan road trip app.

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Como, Italy

— 1 night

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio, play a few rounds at Golf Club Monticello, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Montorfano, then examine the collection at Museo Didattico della Seta, and finally head outdoors with Aero Club Como.

Start your trip to Como by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Milan to Como takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Como, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Como

Outdoors · Museums · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Centro Storico di Venezia and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Visit Piazza San Marco and Scuola Grande di San Rocco for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Dorsoduro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Venice day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Como to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Split.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Split, Croatia

— 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Split and Starigrad Fortress. Get outdoors at Omis Cetina Canyon and Omis and Cetina River. Step out of Split with an excursion to Fortress Mirabella (Peovica) in Omis--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, examine the collection at Museum of Senses Split, delve into the distant past at Temple of Jupiter, and admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Split route planner.

Getting from Venice to Split by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Split are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Let the collections at Vlaho Bukovac House and Maritime Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Srebreno Beach and Dubrovnik Diving Aquarius. Explore Dubrovnik's surroundings by going to Cavtat (Church of Our Lady of the Snow & Cavtat Old Town). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, contemplate the long history of The Franciscan Church and Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik travel app.

You can drive from Split to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Zagreb City Museum, explore the world behind art at Atelier Mestrovic, see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, then stop by Dora, then take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Pavilion (Umjetnicki Paviljon). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the landmark architecture of Zagreb Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb trip planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Zagreb by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, Zagreb is a bit cooler than Dubrovnik - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 4 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Koper Cathedral and Bell Tower. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Strunjan Nature Reserve. Explore Ljubljana's surroundings by going to Portorož Beach (in Portorož), Bled (Mala Osojnica & Zipline) and Magical World of Shells Museum (in Piran). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Contemporary History, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, visit Ljubljana Old Town, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ljubljana vacation planner.

Getting from Zagreb to Ljubljana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Graz.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Graz, Austria

— 2 nights
With six universities, Graz represents a young, laid-back, and lively city with nightlife that doesn't stop.
On the 8th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Oesterreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stuebing, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stift Rein, then stroll through Bad Weihermuhle Freizeitanlage, and finally examine the collection at Archaeology Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Herz Jesu Kirche, examine the collection at FRida & freD - Das Grazer Kindermuseum, get a new perspective on nature at Universalmuseum Joanneum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Stadtpfarrkirche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Franciscans (Franziskanerkirche), and finally admire the striking features of Gemaltes Haus.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Graz trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Graz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Graz, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Graz

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Sicily travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.