45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  9 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Albufeira, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Boston, United States

4
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.
Visit Anne Frank House and Begijnhof for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort) and Hoge Veluwe National Park (in Hoenderloo). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get outside with Hotel Scooters, contemplate the waterfront views at Singel, and see the interesting displays at Amsterdam Pipe Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Boston, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Traveling from Boston in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Amsterdam: highs are around 43°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, Hoge Veluwe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen. Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Bruges Beer Experience (Bruges Beer Museum). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, admire the striking features of Stadhuis, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Atomium. Let the collections at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Belgian Comic Strip Center capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Zurenborg (in Antwerp) and Patershol (in Ghent). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and take a stroll through Place St. Gery.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brussels are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Patershol, Zurenborg
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Mon), make a trip to Casemates du Bock, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then contemplate the long history of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), and finally admire the masterpieces at Mudam Luxembourg Modern Art Museum.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Brussels to Luxembourg City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Casemates du Bock ©
Casemates du Bock
Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche

5
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.
Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Le Bois des Aigles. Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, stop by Le Marais, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris online travel planner .

Take a train from Luxembourg City to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Luxembourg City in January, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (45°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Versailles, Le Bois des Aigles, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Camino de Ronda. Museu Picasso and Museu del Mar - Can Garriga will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Playas de Calella (in Calella de Palafrugell), Lloret de Mar (Fenals Beach & Playa Cala Sa Boadella) and La playa de Tamariu (in Tamariu). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and stop by Inercia.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona attractions tool .

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in January, with highs in Barcelona at 58°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Playas de Calella, Platja Port Bo, Camino de Ronda, La playa de Tamariu
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and Church of Santo Tomé are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Monasterio de San Antonio El Real (in Segovia) and Toledo (Museo del Greco, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, visit Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Cruz.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip maker.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Madrid is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 51°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Toledo, Monasterio de San Antonio El Real
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

4
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Plaza de España and Royal Alcázar of Seville. Visit Catedral de Sevilla and Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seville: Ronda (Centro de Interpretacion del Puente Nuevo, El Tajo de Ronda, &more) and Chiclana de la Frontera (Ceramic Creative GresSierra & Playa de la Barrosa). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Santa Cruz, examine the collection at Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To see other places to visit, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seville online trip planner .

Getting from Madrid to Seville by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in February: high temperatures in Seville hover around 60°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ronda, Chiclana de la Frontera
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

5
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Cape Saint Vincent and Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Orada will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Falesia Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Albufeira to Portimao to see Museu de Portimao about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Salgados, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Albufeira, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Albufeira itinerary builder app .

Drive from Seville to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Museu de Portimao, Cape Saint Vincent
Highlights from your plan
Praia dos Salgados ©
Praia dos Salgados
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Praia do Norte. Get some cultural insight at Quinta da Regaleira and Belém Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more) and Praia da Nazare (in Nazare). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, visit Alfama, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril.

Plan my day in Lisbon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Albufeira to Lisbon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Lisbon are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Nazare
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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