50 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

50 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

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50 days in Western Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 7 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Palace of Versailles and Champs-Elysees will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Île de la Cité and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
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.
Let the collections at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Belgian Comic Strip Center capture your imagination. Visit Grand Place and Historic Centre of Brugge for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal), Belfry of Bruges, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and browse the exhibits of Atomium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels visit planning site .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

5
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.
Head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Renssen Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Zandmotor and ARTIS. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, take in the exciting artwork at Rockarchive Amsterdam, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

The Hague
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

5
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.
Royal Palace and Stockholm Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Fargfabriken and Ostermalm Saluhall. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Skansen, step off the mainland to explore Langholmen, ski along the peaceful trails at The Green Trails, and explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip builder site .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Stockholm in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Stockholm, with lows of 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Prague.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

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.
Do your shopping at Lobkowicz Palace and Illusion Art Museum Prague (IAM Prague). Get a sense of the local culture at St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town Square, contemplate the long history of The Powder Tower, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and get outside with Prague for Two.

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Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Prague takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Prague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Shop till you drop at Andrassy Avenue and Central Market Hall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), get outside with City Park Városliget, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and identify plant and animal life at Sas Hill Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest day trip planner .

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Athens.

Things to do in Budapest

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

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and Technohoros Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, wander the streets of Plaka, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Athens sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Athens. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in September; daily highs in Athens reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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.
Visiting Catacombe di San Callisto and Stabilimento Balneare le Palme will get you outdoors. Visit Palatine Hill and Colosseum for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, tour the pleasant surroundings at V Lounge Beach Club, take a stroll through Trastevere, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Plan trip to Rome with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome. Traveling from Athens in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Uffizi Galleries are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, shop like a local with Mercato Centrale, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Florence route planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Beaches Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica di San Marco. Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Vittorio Costantini Workshop. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, shop like a local with ar33studio, and wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

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

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

7
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.
Relax by the water at Aigua Xelida and Platja Port Bo. Visit Casa Batllo and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Lloret de Mar (Sa Caleta & Platja de Canyelles). Spend the 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Sant Miquel.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, Barcelona is somewhat warmer than Venice - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Platja Port Bo, Aigua Xelida
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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