51 days in Europe Itinerary

51 days in Europe Itinerary

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51 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Valkenburg, Holland
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Hyeres, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
8
Ravello, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  6​h 45​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​h
End: Valkenburg, Holland

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Le Marais and Champs-Elysees are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris journey tool .

Valkenburg, Holland to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kilkenny Castle and Dublin Castle. For shopping fun, head to National Gallery of Ireland or Grafton Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, make a trip to Temple Bar, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and take in the exciting artwork at James Joyce Cultural Centre.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Dublin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Dublin is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in July, things will get slightly colder in Dublin: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Capela dos Ossos and Castelo dos Mouros. Popular historic sites such as Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, learn about winemaking at The Best Portugal, and take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Dublin to Lisbon by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in July; daily highs in Lisbon reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Capela dos Ossos
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Park and National Palace of Pena ©

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Batllo and Museo Picasso. Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Spend the 12th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip builder app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in July since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

5
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get in touch with nature at La plage and Plage La Capte. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Heraclee Beach and Plage de Jean Blanc. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont), Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle, stroll through Plage de l'Anglade, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres visit planner.

Drive from Barcelona to Hyeres in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Hyeres. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, La Croix-Valmer, Plage de l'Escalet, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro

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 Basilica di Santa Croce will appeal to museum buffs. Le mura di Lucca and Piazza del Duomo will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Piazza del Campo & Siena Cathedral). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Florence takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Get some historical perspective at Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Visit Spiaggia di castiglione and Lido di Ravello for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravello: Le Vigne di Raito (in Vietri sul Mare) and Positano (Bagni d'Arienzo, Kayaking & Canoeing, & more).

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ravello trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ravello, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Ravello

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Le Vigne di Raito, Spiaggia di Atrani
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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 some historical perspective at Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Museo Correr. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, make a trip to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip builder app .

Getting from Ravello to Venice by train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ravello in August, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Venice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami . There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Ortakoy, and explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul day trip website .

Getting from Venice to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Discover out-of-the-way places like Shoes on the Danube and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest journey planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in August since evenings lows in Budapest dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Palace and Stockholm Old Town. Get outdoors at The Green Trails and Riddarholmen. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vasa Museum, head off the coast to Sandhamn, learn about all things military at Army Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet).

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Stockholm online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Stockholm takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Budapest in August: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Skansen ©
Skansen

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