45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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Albufeira, Portugal
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Benalmadena, Spain
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Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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Cannes, France
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Milan, Italy
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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City of San Marino, San Marino
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Rome, Italy
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Zaragoza, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Albufeira, Portugal

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoa dos Salgados.

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

Sesimbra to Albufeira is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off to Benalmadena.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Benalmadena, Spain

— 3 nights

Life of the Costa del Sol

Stretching from the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range to the Mediterranean ocean, Benalmádena offers all the highlights of southern Spain: traditional whitewashed villages, beautiful Costa del Sol beaches, and strong Andalusian influence.
Relax by the water at Torrevijia Beach and Playa de Benalnatura. Get in touch with nature at Born to be Wild and Carvajal Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ronda (El Tajo de Ronda & Puente Nuevo) and Playa de la Cala Mijas (in La Cala de Mijas). And it doesn't end there: stroll through CarrascoBeach Playas Benalmadena, stop by La Carihuela, kick back and relax at Playa El Bajondillo, and take a stroll through Benalmadena Pueblo (The Old Village).

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Benalmadena trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Benalmadena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Benalmadena are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Valencia.

Things to do in Benalmadena

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Valencia, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pick up some local products at Mercado Colon. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Platja La Malvarrosa, admire the natural beauty at Jardi del Turia, get curious at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, then slough off your stress at Le Petit Hammam Gandia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Gandia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Valencia trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Benalmadena to Valencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Valencia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get in touch with nature at Platja mar menuda and Cala de l'Illa Roja. We've included these beaches for you: Platja Fonda and Playa Santa Maria de Llorell. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Lloret de Mar (Platja de Canyelles, PlayVR Lloret, &more), Begur (Castell de Begur & Playa Sa Riera) and S'Agaro (San Pol Beach & Camino de Ronda). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, enjoy the sand and surf at La playa de Tamariu, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona online journey planner.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Valencia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 3 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Larvotto Beach and Prince's Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and Chapelle Sainte Devote. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, browse the exhibits of The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, appreciate the history behind Juan Manuel Fangio Memorial, and shop like a local with Les Grands Chais Monegasques.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Barcelona to Monte-Carlo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Monte-Carlo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Cannes, France

— 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Castel Plage and Easy Dive. Go for a jaunt from Cannes to Nice to see Colline du Chateau overlook about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: soak in style at C-SPA, get outside with Plage le Magellan, shop like a local with Rue d'Antibes, and kick back and relax at Juan les Pins Main Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cannes trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Monte-Carlo to Cannes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Monte-Carlo in July since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): wander the streets of Via Lincoln, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, then get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, and finally identify plant and animal life at Universal Diving School.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Milan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take a stroll through Cannaregio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi Ca' di Mezzo, and finally identify plant and animal life at ATN Laguna Sud.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planner.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

City of San Marino, San Marino

— 2 nights
The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
On the 9th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Girolamo Gozi Monument. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Museo delle Curiosità - San Marino, stop by Fantini Pelletteria, browse the exhibits of Museo Della Totura, make a trip to Passo Delle Streghe, then steep yourself in history at Cesta Tower, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Titan.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the City of San Marino trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Venice to City of San Marino by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Trastevere. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Le Palme in Castel Gandolfo, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and explore the galleries of Vatican Museums.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rome route planner.

Traveling by car from City of San Marino to Rome takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. July in Rome sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Geneva.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Geneva and l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chillon and Chaplin's World. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Riserva naturale Les Grangettes (in Villeneuve), Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)) and Montreux (Freddie Mercury Statue & Queen Studio Experience). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Port-Choiseul, walk around Le Jardin Anglais, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Geneva travel planning app.

Getting from Rome to Geneva by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in July: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 7 nights

City of Light

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: La Galerie des Batailles (in Versailles), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Foret d'Ermenonville (in Ermenonville). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip app.

You can take a train from Geneva to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Paris

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Zaragoza, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Four Cultures

The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Bring the kids along to Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and Daroca. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Mallos de Riglos. When in Zaragoza, make a side trip to see Parque Monasterio De piedra, Zaragoza Spain in Nuevalos, approximately Nuevalos away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Casco Antiguo, don't miss a visit to El Tubo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio de Piedra, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Engracia Church.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zaragoza trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Zaragoza takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Zaragoza is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Gran Via, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, then get outside with Picnic Madrid, and finally walk around Parque del Retiro.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

You can take a train from Zaragoza to Madrid in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Monaco travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.

San Marino travel guide

3.4
Historic Sites · Museums · Castles
San Marino is a country characterized by its architecture--namely, the three towers that adorn the country's flag and coat of arms. As a result, most of the tourist attractions here center around the structures protruding from the hill of the country. The third-smallest nation in Europe, it is surprising that San Marino managed to gain independence from robust Italy. This status has created great pride among the Sanmarinese, although Italian culture is still quite influential as the country is completely surrounded by Italy. And while its size has obvious disadvantages, the advantages for tourism strongly outweigh them. Visitors don't need to travel to get a sense of the country (there isn't far to go!), and this generates an intimacy and friendliness among locals that is lost in most larger countries.