45 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

45 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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Start: Stratford City, United Kingdom
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Stratford City, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  3 h 45 min
7
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Mullingar, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
12
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
13
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
14
Oxford, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Luton, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
16
Cambridge, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  26 h
17
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
18
Hobart, Australia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  33 h
End: Stratford City, United Kingdom

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Stratford City, United Kingdom

Stratford City ©
Explore Stratford City's surroundings by going to Enfield (Capel Manor Gardens, Myddelton House Gardens, &more), Dartford (Dartford Crossing & The Manor Gatehouse) and Danson Park (in Bexleyheath).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Stratford City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Stansted Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Stratford City

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Enfield, Dartford, Eynsford, Royal Gunpowder Mills, Brands Hatch
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation ©
Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation
William Morris Gallery ©
William Morris Gallery
Danson Park ©
Danson Park

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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.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, take in the views from Tower Bridge, make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, then make a trip to Big Ben, and finally ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The British Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our London travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Stratford City to London in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Canterbury.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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Canterbury, United Kingdom

Canterbury ©
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Dover Castle, admire the striking features of Christ Church Gate, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Canterbury Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Leeds Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Canterbury trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from London to Canterbury takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Canterbury

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leeds Castle, Dover Castle
Highlights from your plan
Canterbury Cathedral ©
Canterbury Cathedral
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Leeds Castle ©
Leeds Castle

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 8th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Atomium, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat). On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Canterbury to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Canterbury to Brussels due to the time zone difference. January in Brussels sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Sir-Arthur and then get lost in a book at Nottebohm Room of the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library. On the next day, see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, make a trip to St. Veerleplein, then browse the exhibits of Gravensteen, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, and finally make a trip to Korenmarkt.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp sightseeing planner.

Getting from Brussels to Antwerp by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center

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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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto, and visit The Jordaan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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nights
Hamburg, Germany

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.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, admire the landmark architecture of Townhall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Hamburg in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect nights in Hamburg to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are little chillier, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, and wander the streets of Stroeget.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip planner.

Fly from Hamburg to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Stroeget ©
Stroeget
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet). Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Gustav II Adolfs Statue, enjoy breathtaking views from Stockholm City Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Stockholm trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in January, expect Stockholm to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then stroll around St Stephens Green.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dublin day trip app.

Getting from Stockholm to Dublin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in January; daily highs in Dublin reach 9°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Mullingar.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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Mullingar, Ireland

Mullingar ©
Mullingar is the county town of County Westmeath in Ireland. On the 24th (Sun), make a trip to Joe Dolan. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Ambushed Paintballing, and then stroll around Belvedere House Gardens & Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mullingar sightseeing app.

You can drive from Dublin to Mullingar in 1.5 hours. January in Mullingar sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Mullingar

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Athlone, Trim Castle
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere House Gardens & Park ©
Belvedere House Gardens & Park
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre ©
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia, then explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and then sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mullingar to Edinburgh. In January, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to York.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

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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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Railway Museum, and then explore the ancient world of York City Walls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the York trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to York takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Oxford.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Minster ©
York Minster

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Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford ©
A busy, cosmopolitan city, Oxford is perhaps best known for its ancient university.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): examine the collection at Pitt Rivers Museum, delve into the distant past at Stonehenge, and then admire the landmark architecture of Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, then have some family-friendly fun at The Race Hut, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Race Hut Berkshire.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oxford route planner.

Getting from York to Oxford by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Oxford are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Luton.

Things to do in Oxford

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stonehenge, The Race Hut Berkshire, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
Highlights from your plan
The Race Hut Berkshire ©
The Race Hut Berkshire
Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta ©
Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge

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Luton, United Kingdom

Luton ©
Luton is a large town in Bedfordshire, England, 20mi east of Aylesbury, 14mi west of Stevenage, 30mi northwest of London, and 22mi southeast of Milton Keynes.London Luton Airport, opened in 1938, is one of Britain's major airports. On the 2nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Stockwood Discovery Centre and then contemplate the long history of Wrest Park. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Snozone and then test your problem-solving skills at Locked In A Room.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Luton online trip builder.

Getting from Oxford to Luton by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Luton can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cambridge.

Things to do in Luton

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Milton Keynes
Highlights from your plan
Snozone ©
Snozone
Locked In A Room ©
Locked In A Room
Wrest Park ©
Wrest Park

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cambridge ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Cambridge is renowned for its ancient colleges and sprawling green gardens.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, then learn about all things military at IWM Duxford, then explore the world behind art at Fitzwilliam Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Cambridge Gin Laboratory. On the next day, deepen your understanding at King's College Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Church, then don't miss a visit to Elm Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Norwich Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Surrey House.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cambridge day trip planning site.

You can drive from Luton to Cambridge in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Cambridge can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You will leave for Melbourne on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Cambridge

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Norwich, IWM Duxford
Highlights from your plan
The Cambridge Gin Laboratory ©
The Cambridge Gin Laboratory
Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum
Norwich Cathedral ©
Norwich Cathedral

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cambridge to Melbourne in 26 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cambridge to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cambridge, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, view the masterpieces at Moonah Arts Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally admire the masterpieces at Lady Franklin Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart online journey planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Hobart by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Melbourne in February: highs in Hobart hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Moonah Arts Centre, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens