52 days in Europe Itinerary

52 days in Europe Itinerary

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52 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
1
Bath, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

5
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bath: Malmesbury Market Cross (in Malmesbury), The Cotswold Range (in Somerford Keynes) and Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd (in Uley). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of The Roman Baths, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, make a trip to Frampton Court Estate, and steep yourself in history at Purton Ships Graveyard.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bath trip planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Bath is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Things to do in Bath

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Cirencester, Tetbury, Berkeley, Chipping Sodbury, Malmesbury Market Cross
Highlights from your plan
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd ©
Cotswold Guided Walks Ltd

6
nights
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Stratford-upon-Avon ©
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and civil parish in Warwickshire, England, on the River Avon, 101mi north west of London, 22mi south east of Birmingham, and 8mi south west of Warwick. Venture out of the city with trips to Cheltenham (Walks With Hawks, Cheltenham Racecourse, & more), Moreton-in-Marsh (Cotswold Archery & Horseback Riding Tours) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). And it doesn't end there: choose your vessel at Gloucester Narrowboats, stroll through Warden's Way, look for all kinds of wild species at Greystones Farm, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hailes Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Stratford-upon-Avon road trip planning website .

You can drive from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to London.

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Cheltenham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Shipston on Stour, Gloucester, Church of St Peter & St Paul
Highlights from your plan
Cotswold Archery ©
Cotswold Archery
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks

7
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our London trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Stratford-upon-Avon to London in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in London, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail, & more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, and see the interesting displays at Friet Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and train from London to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Bruges, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

7
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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brussels online vacation planner .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels ©
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

8
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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Florence, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 16th (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Vitosha.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sofia holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Florence to Sofia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Florence to Sofia is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Sofia

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Borovets
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Horseback Riding Tours
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): wander the streets of Red Light District, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally stroll through Vondelpark.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Amsterdam takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Sofia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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