50 days in Europe Itinerary

50 days in Europe Itinerary

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50 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train + bus:  5​h
8
Ravello, Italy
— 5 nights
subway + train:  3​h
9
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
11
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

4
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.
Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dublin Castle and Kilkenny Castle. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Ferns Castle (in Ferns), St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower (in Kilkenny) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, view the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, and examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip builder app .

San Francisco, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In August, Dublin is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ferns Castle, Curracloe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary builder .

You can fly from Dublin to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in August, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

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
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Jewish Museum in Prague and Prasna brana. Get a sense of the local culture at StaromEstske namEsti and Prague Astronomical Clock. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Prague online attractions planner .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August in Prague, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

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

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Belvedere Palace and MuseumsQuartier Wien. Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Leopold Museum.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. Visit St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Liberty Statue for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, get engrossed in the history at Hungarian National Museum, and admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To find out how to plan a trip to Budapest, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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 cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Batllo and Museu Picasso. There's much more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Budapest to Barcelona in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica di Santa Croce are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip app .

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello del Trebbio, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Guardastelle Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

5
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Fornillo. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Positano (Kayaking & Canoeing & Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ravello day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Florence to Ravello in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 70°F in Ravello. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Le Vigne di Raito, Chiesa dell'Annunziata, Lido Capo di Conca, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Highlights from your plan
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

5
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 outdoors at Catacombe di San Callisto and Colle del Gianicolo. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our 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 September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rome, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip site .

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Rome in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Savior on the Spilled Blood. Museum-lovers will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Choral Synagogue, take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), and examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg vacation planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vasa Museum and Skansen. Visiting The Green Trails and Stockholm Old Town will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, browse the exhibits of Thiel Gallery (Thielska Galleriet), admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan).

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Stockholm road trip tool .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. In September in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen

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