45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lahore, Pakistan
Fly:  8​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train + subway:  3​h
4
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
bus + train:  5​h
5
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Lahore, Pakistan

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the striking features of Mihrimah Sultan Camii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Ortakoy, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul sightseeing app .

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Lahore to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Lahore in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
For shopping fun, head to Andrassy Avenue or Vaci Street. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Halaszbastya, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect colder with lows of 13°C in Budapest. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Orvieto and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. You'll explore and learn at Galleria Borghese and Vatican Museums. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rome attractions app .

Getting from Budapest to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, Rome is somewhat warmer than Budapest - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Le Vigne di Raito and Duomo di Ravello. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido Capo di Conca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ravello: Positano (Fornillo, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ravello trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Rome in September, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Le Vigne di Raito, Lido Capo di Conca
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Duomo di Siena will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di Santa Croce and Piazza del Campo. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Giorgio Maggiore and St Mark's Campanile. Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica di San Marco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Piazza San Marco, examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Venice online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Marais and Palace of Versailles. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planner.

Fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Capela dos Ossos and Quinta da Regaleira. Castelo dos Mouros and Cabo da Roca will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and wander the streets of Belém Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lisbon online road trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon. In September, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Capela dos Ossos
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

3
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.
Head to National Gallery of Ireland and James Joyce Cultural Centrefor some retail therapy. Kilmainham Gaol and The Custom House will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin online itinerary planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Dublin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect Dublin to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fort George and Culloden Battlefield. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Urquhart Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Embo Beach (in Embo), Drumnadrochit (St Ninians Church & Corrimony Chambered Cairn) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosemarkie Beach, trek along Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Brora Beach, and don't miss a visit to Wardlaw Mausoleum.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Inverness trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Inverness takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Inverness, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Rosemarkie Beach, Eilean Donan Castle, Embo Beach, Brora Beach
Highlights from your plan
Culloden Battlefield ©
Culloden Battlefield
Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens

2
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 in touch with nature at Stockholm Old Town and Sandhamn. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace and Vasa Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Skansen, get engrossed in the history at Nordiska museet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan), and explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Inverness to Stockholm in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Inverness to Stockholm. Traveling from Inverness in October, you will find days in Stockholm are little chillier (12°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Bath Block will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Choral Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg is 2 hours. When traveling from Stockholm in October, plan for slightly colder days in St. Petersburg, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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