45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

2
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.
You'll explore and learn at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, and shop like a local with Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Istanbul, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in April, plan for cooler nights in Istanbul, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
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 Albertina and MuseumsQuartier Wien. You'll explore and learn at Belvedere Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Sisi Museum, and make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vienna day trip planning website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Vienna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Piazza del Duomo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Basilica di Santa Croce. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo). There's more to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Florence trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Vienna in April, expect Florence to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roman Forum and Food Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome trip builder app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, walk around Parc Guell, and don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planning site .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso
Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional ©

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Let the collections at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid capture your imagination. Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Catedral Primada, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Lazaro Galdiano.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Barcelona in April since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Little Museum of Dublin and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Let the collections at Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, appreciate the extensive heritage of 14 Henrietta Street, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

Start your trip to Dublin by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Madrid to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Dublin. Traveling from Madrid in April, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
The Little Museum of Dublin ©
The Little Museum of Dublin

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dublin in April, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Step out of Brussels to go to Antwerp and see Chocolate Nation, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Atomium, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brussels travel route planning app .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, you will find days in Brussels are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chocolate Nation
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Begijnhof. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ABBA The Museum and Stockholm Old Town. Appreciate the collections at Vasa Museum and Royal Palace. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Skansen, explore the world behind art at Magasin 3, get engrossed in the history at Royal Armory, and learn more about the world around you at Swedish Museum of Natural History.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Amsterdam to Stockholm by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, Stockholm is little chillier at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
ABBA The Museum ©
ABBA The Museum

7
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and The Anna Akhmatova Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Russian Museum, get engrossed in the history at Vladimir Nabokov Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Tretyakov's Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip 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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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