43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe journey planner

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Koszalin, Poland
— 1 night
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 8 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
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Salerno, Italy
— 9 nights

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Koszalin, Poland

— 1 night
Koszalin is a city in Western Pomerania in north-western Poland. On the 24th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Muzeum w Koszalinie, make a trip to Katedral Niepokalanego Poczecia Najswietszej Maryi Panny, then stroll around Pomeranian Princes Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Papugarnia Koszalin, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Wodna Dolina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Promenada Nadmorska, then find something for the whole family at Avana Obstacle Course, and then browse the different shops at Centrum Handlowe Atrium Koszalin.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Szczecin-Goleniów "Solidarność" Airport, Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport and Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Koszalin

Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Hamburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, and then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Planten un Blomen, explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, then steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel, then don't miss a visit to Mann und Frau, and finally ponder the world of politics at Townhall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hamburg trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Koszalin to Hamburg in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Lisse (Keukenhof & The Flower Bulb Region), Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)) and Delft (Old Church & Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), take a stroll through The Jordaan, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Amsterdam online visit planner.

You can fly from Hamburg to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 8 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budapest: Eger (Gardonyi Geza Emlekmuzeum, Eger Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip maker website.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Amsterdam in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): snap pictures at Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen, stroll through Rhine Falls, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip website.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Budapest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 14th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, admire the striking features of Markuskirche, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Luzern, then take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Astrid-Kapelle. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, then make a trip to The Nine Towers, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Como.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Como, Italy

— 2 nights

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 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then appreciate the history behind Life Electric, and finally go for a walk through Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at La Cantina, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Olmo.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Como road trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Como by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in May: highs in Como hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Varenna, Italy

— 3 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, look for gifts at Profumeria Bellagio, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and finally take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Varenna itinerary planner.

You can drive from Como to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 2 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.
Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Bergamo (Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore & La Citta Alta). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

Drive from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ravello, Italy

— 3 nights
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get out of town with these interesting Ravello side-trips: Positano (Il Sentiero Degli Dei & Boat Tours & Water Sports). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and cruise along Amalfi Coast.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ravello trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rome to Ravello in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in May, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Salerno.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Salerno, Italy

— 9 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salerno: Paestum (Parrocchia Ss. Annunziata, Paestum Ruins, &more), Borgo Medievale di Agropoli (in Agropoli) and Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins (in Torre Annunziata). On the 1st (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Pompeii Archaeological Park, get impressive views of Vesuvio National Park, make a trip to Villa Comunale, and stroll the grounds of Salerno War Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Salerno trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Ravello to Salerno takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. May in Salerno sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night.

Things to do in Salerno

Historic Sites · Transportation · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Amalfi Coast travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.