42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Paris, France
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
5
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+4
train + tram + Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, delve into the distant past at Catacombe di San Callisto, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Rome hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Barri Gòtic and Casa Batlló. La Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town) & Castillo de Tossa de Mar) and PortAventura World (in Salou). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell, see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum, and make a trip to El Cafè de la Pedrera.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Barcelona travel planner.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rome in June, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vila Vella (Old Town), PortAventura
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chartres Cathedral and Fondation Claude Monet. Kids will enjoy The Catacombs and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in June; daily highs in Paris reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral

6
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.
Bring the kids along to St. Paul's Cathedral and Natural History Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dover Castle and Buckingham Palace. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at British Museum, admire the striking features of Shakespeare's Globe, and get engrossed in the history at Churchill War Rooms.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the London tour planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in London are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to York.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Dover Castle
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Railway Museum and York Shambles. Visit York City Walls and York Minster for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from York to Filey to see Filey Beach about 1h 15 min away.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read York trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from London to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in York are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will leave for Isle of Lewis on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in York

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Filey Beach
Highlights from your plan
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York City Walls ©
York City Walls
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

5
nights
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom

Isle of Lewis
Forming the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago, Isle of Lewis offers scenery consisting of fertile pastures and a meandering, rocky coastline.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Luskentyre and Callanish Standing Stones. Family-friendly places like Uig Sands and Scarista Beach will thrill your kids. Take a break from Isle of Lewis with a short trip to Isle of Scalpay Lighthouse in Isle of Scalpay, about 1h 05 min away.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Isle of Lewis holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from York to Isle of Lewis takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from York in June, expect nights in Isle of Lewis to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Isle of Lewis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Isle of Harris, Isle of Scalpay Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Scarista Beach
Scarista Beach
Luskentyre Beach ©
Luskentyre Beach
Calanais Standing Stones ©
Calanais Standing Stones

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Edinburgh Old Town and Arthur's Seat. Get some historical perspective at The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Bamburgh Castle (in Bamburgh) and Coldingham Bay (in Coldingham). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Edinburgh itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Isle of Lewis to Edinburgh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Coldingham Sands, Bamburgh Castle
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

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.
Anne Frank House and The Jordaan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Red Light District and Vondelpark. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Grote Markt (in Haarlem) and Mauritshuis (in The Hague). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam custom trip planner.

Fly from Edinburgh to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in July, with highs in Amsterdam at 26°C and lows at 16°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Grote Markt
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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