42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, steep yourself in history at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and finally take a memorable drive along Ring Road.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip planner.

London, UK to Reykjavik is an approximately 6-hour flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 17°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · 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 some cultural insight at Castelo de S. Jorge and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Avenida da Liberdadefor plenty of shopping. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, and do a tasting at The Best Portugal.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Lisbon takes 10 hours. While traveling from Reykjavik, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll around Parque del Retiro, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid itinerary planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid. While traveling from Lisbon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Camino de Ronda. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to San Pol Beach in S'Agaro, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc Guell, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online road trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in July, you will find days in Barcelona are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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 outdoors at TakSea and Castel Plage. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rue d'Antibes and Marche Forville. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, and do a tasting at Domaine de Toasc.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis Museum and Plaka. You'll explore and learn at National Archaeological Museum and Museum of Cycladic Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio), Seahorse Dive Center (in Vari) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, see the interesting displays at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and get great views at Mount Lycabettus.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nice to Athens due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Greece

— 3 nights
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Let the collections at Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Palace of Knossos and Historical Museum of Crete. Change things up with a short trip to Kazantzakis Museum in Myrtia (about 30 minutes away). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Aegeo Spas, do a tasting at Winery Stilianou, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Heraklion itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Athens to Heraklion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for little chillier days in Heraklion, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight, ferry, bus, and taxi from Heraklion to Pamukkale in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower. Hagia Sophia and Istanbul Modern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). You'll explore and learn at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Atomium. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

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Fly from Istanbul to Brussels in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in August, things will get slightly colder in Brussels: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Do your shopping at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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Getting from Bruges to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Bruges in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
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
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · 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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.