45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  17 h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Marseille, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Saint-Tropez, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Cannes, France
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  8 h
5
Ravello, Italy
— 5 nights
Subway + Train:  3 h
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
10
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Phoenix, United States

4
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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Playa de La Barceloneta and La playa de Tamariu. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see PlayVR Lloret in Lloret de Mar, approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Casa Batllo, cast your line with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online attractions planner .

Phoenix, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Barcelona. When traveling from Phoenix in May, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

La playa de Tamariu, PlayVR Lloret
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas

6
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get outdoors at Plage du Corton and Plage de la Grande Mer. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bestouan Beach and Calanque de Samena. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Le Cassetin du Diable (in La Ciotat), La Ferme du Vallon Velaux (in Velaux) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take a stroll through The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Voutes Marseillaises.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, Palais des Papes, Le Cassetin du Diable, La Ferme du Vallon Velaux
Highlights from your plan
Plage du Corton ©
Plage du Corton
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Calanques ©
Calanques

6
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Sylvabelle and Heraclee Beach. Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez and Paroisse de Ramatuelle will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Lac De Sainte Croix (in Aiguines) and Plage de Cavaliere (in Le Lavandou). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Plage du Debarquement, stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, do a tasting at Domaine Tropez, and take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Port Grimaud Beach, Plage de Cavaliere, Lac De Sainte Croix
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

6
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Croisette and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Do your shopping at Rue d'Antibes and Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Nice (Vieille Ville & Castel Plage). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, pick up some local products at Marche Forville, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes route builder .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Tropez, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cannes, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Saint-Paul de Vence, Marineland, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage

5
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
You'll get in some beach time at Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello. Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico Ravello. Change things up with a short trip to Fornillo in Positano (about 52 minutes away).

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Ravello day trip app .

Do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Cannes to Ravello in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cannes in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Positano, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Basilica of Saint Trofimena
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

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.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Via Condotti and Antica Frutteria delle Coppelle. There's much more to do: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, enjoy the sand and surf at Stabilimento Balneare le Palme, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in June, Rome is little chillier at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at La Bottega del Produttore, hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale, and then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
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.
Get outdoors at Canal Grande and Bagni Alberoni. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Ponte dei Sospiri. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Verona (Arena di Verona & Piazza delle Erbe). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Venice road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Verona
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Halaszbastya and Andrassy Avenue. Shop till you drop at Vaci Street and Central Market Hall. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, and get outside with City Park Városliget.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Budapest road trip app .

Fly from Venice to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Budapest, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Paris Plage. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris vacation app .

Fly from Budapest to Paris in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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