52 days in Europe Itinerary

52 days in Europe Itinerary

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52 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Zeebrugge, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
11
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
13
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
Zeebrugge, Belgium

Zeebrugge ©
Zeebrugge is a village on the coast of Belgium and a subdivision of Bruges, for which it is the modern port. On the 18th (Wed), go for a stroll along the water at Port of Zeebrugge and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Donatian's Cathedral.

Discover how to plan a Zeebrugge trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Manchester, UK to Zeebrugge is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Manchester to Zeebrugge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Zeebrugge, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zeebrugge

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port of Zeebrugge ©
Port of Zeebrugge

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Luxembourg Gardens and Île de la Cité. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris holiday planner.

You can drive from Zeebrugge to Paris in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Pilatus and Jungfraujoch. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald), Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken) and Zurich (Lake Zurich & Grossmunster). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lucerne tour planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Zurich, Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Highlights from your plan
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

4
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Scrovegni Chapel. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Venice tour builder .

You can drive from Lucerne to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in September: high temperatures in Venice hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Walking tours
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Piazza della Signoria. Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Piazza del Campo, Duomo di Siena, & more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Duomo di Orvieto. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Food Tours
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vieille Ville and Promenade des Anglais. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes), Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner .

Getting from Rome to Nice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Lérins Islands, Massif de l'Esterel
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Hyeres (Plage noire du Langoustier, Chateau d'Hyeres, & more), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, & more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La plage, experience rural life at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner .

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, La Ciotat, Aix-en-Provence, Palais des Papes, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Highlights from your plan
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras ©
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Magic Fountain (Font Magica) and La Boqueria. Spend the 25th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, and browse the exhibits of Casa Batllo.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The Magic Fountain ©
The Magic Fountain
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Segovia Aqueduct and MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo. Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral Primada (in Toledo) and Alcazar de Segovia (in Segovia). There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, admire the natural beauty at Retiro Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Barcelona in October, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Acueduct of Segovia ©
Acueduct of Segovia
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia

3
nights
Seville, Spain

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral de Sevilla and Parque de Maria Luisa. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Torre Giralda, contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, get outside with Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seville tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seville when traveling from Madrid in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España

4
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 Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Castelo dos Mouros, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Alfama, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Seville to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 6th (Wed), explore the activities along Rio Douro, take in the waterfront at Cais da Ribeira, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Porto trip maker .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro

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