43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  13​h
1
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
11
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Montreal, Canada

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Culloden Battlefield and Urquhart Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eilean Donan Castle and Glen Strathfarrar. Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to RSPB - Insh Marshes (in Kingussie), Abernethy National Nature Reserve (in Nethy Bridge) and Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn (in Struy). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Aigas Field Centre, stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum, go for a walk through St Ninians Church, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness holiday builder app .

Montreal, Canada to Inverness is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Montreal to Inverness, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in September, expect Inverness to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Culloden Battlefield, Eilean Donan Castle
Highlights from your plan
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and finally take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam visit planner.

Getting from Inverness to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Inverness to Amsterdam is 1 hour. Traveling from Inverness in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Amsterdam, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Palace and Fotografiska Stockholm. Get some historical perspective at Stockholm Old Town and Monteliusvagen. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Skansen, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and pause for some serene contemplation at Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm trip builder app .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in Stockholm at 12°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Savior on the Spilled Blood. Discover out-of-the-way places like Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Stockholm to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in October, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. On your second day here, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then get to know the fascinating history of The Vrtba Garden, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in October; daily highs in Prague reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Franziskanerkirche, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally make a trip to Mirabell Palace. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, and finally admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Prague to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Schonbrunner Gardens and Albertina. Get a sense of the local culture at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Belvedere Palace. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), don't miss a visit to Haus der Musik Wien, and contemplate the long history of Karlskirche.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Vienna sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Get a sense of the local culture at Matthias Church and House of Terror Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Budapest day trip planning website .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 get to explore Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Historic Areas of Istanbul. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, browse the exhibits of Rumeli Fortress, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Istanbul road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Orvieto and Vatican Museums are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria in Trastevere. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rome itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Le mura di Lucca and Campanile di Giotto. Museum-lovers will get to explore Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Rodin and Montmartre. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip site .

You can fly from Florence to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Florence, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

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

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Belém Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip tool .

Fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in November, with highs in Lisbon at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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