49 days in Europe Itinerary

49 days in Europe Itinerary

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49 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train + bus:  5​h
6
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
subway + train:  3​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
11
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sultanahmet District will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ortakoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

Auckland Central, 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. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Auckland Central in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 7°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

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.
Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion will appeal to history buffs. Head to Andrassy Avenue and Central Market Hallfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in December since evenings lows in Budapest dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

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

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prague Castle and Mala strana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Vitus Cathedral and The Powder Tower. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Jewish Cemetery, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Prague holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. Get outdoors at Canal Grande and Il Bragozzo - Local boats in Venice. Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary app .

Getting from Prague to Venice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Prague in December, you will find days in Venice are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uffizi Galleries and The Baptistery of St. John. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Ravello and Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal. Shop till you drop at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela and Sol’Art Ceramiche. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravello: Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Positano (Fornillo & Bagni d'Arienzo). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, enjoy the sand and surf at Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia San Giovanni.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ravello trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Ravello by combination of train and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ravello when traveling from Florence in December, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vietri sul Mare, Positano, Amalfi, Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

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.
Get some cultural insight at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, 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 December, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get some historical perspective at Rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Avenue Jean Medecin. Venture out of the city with trips to Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere & Grande Plage du Lavandou). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rome to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in December since evenings lows in Nice dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Le Lavandou, Chapelle Saint Hospice
Highlights from your plan
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso. There's still lots to do: stroll through Parc Guell, step into the grandiose world of Montjuic Castle, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Nice to Barcelona by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Head to Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Avenida da Liberdadefor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Rossio Square, and explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online day trip planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Groeningemuseum and Belfry of Bruges are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Gravensteen Castle & Saint Bavo's Cathedral). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, don't miss a visit to The Markt, and look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Lisbon to Bruges by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Bruges, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in January, things will get little chillier in Bruges: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Marais and Eiffel Tower. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Montmartre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris attractions planning app .

Getting from Bruges to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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