52 days in Europe Itinerary

52 days in Europe Itinerary

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52 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Raleigh, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Raleigh, United States

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, take a stroll through El Born, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Amatller.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona road trip planning tool .

Raleigh, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Raleigh to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Raleigh in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella

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 Centro Historico de Evora and Batalha Monastery. Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra), Capela dos Ossos (in Evora) and Medieval Town of Ourem, Portugal (in Ourem). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tomar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), and take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. March in Lisbon sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Evora, Castelo dos Mouros, Batalha Monastery, Castelo de Tomar, Medieval Town of Ourem, Portugal
Highlights from your plan
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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.
Let the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee des Arts Forains capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy, approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Trocadero, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Paris. Traveling from Lisbon in March, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 53°F and 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica di Santa Croce and Campanile di Giotto. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

Fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

6
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.
Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cupola di San Pietro and Colosseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Villa Farnese (in Caprarola), Orvieto (Rocca Albornoziana & Duomo di Orvieto) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Civita di Bagnoregio). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Orvieto, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Villa Farnese, Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet District. Change things up with a short trip to Sardala Koyu in Kandira (about 1h 55 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Eyup Sultan Mosque, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Istanbul trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Rome to Istanbul by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in April, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sardala Koyu
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Tagore Promenade. Get a sense of the local culture at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. Take a break from Budapest with a short trip to Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral in Esztergom, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, get outside with Roman Beach, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 40°F in Budapest. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Beaches Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tagore Promenade, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

6
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.
Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Center of Vienna and Leopold Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Vienna: Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein) and Melk Abbey (in Melk). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser, get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karlskirche.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner.

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Vienna sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Melk Abbey, Burgruine Duernstein
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore NaFilM: National film museum and Speculum Alchemiae Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Katedrala Svateho Vita and Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Prague: Kutna Hora (Ossuary / The Cemetery Church & St Barbara's Church). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and explore the galleries of National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip builder app .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Prague sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kutna Hora, Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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.
Visit Anne Frank House and De Duif for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rijksmuseum and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, engage your brain at Body Worlds, explore the world behind art at De Nieuwe Kerk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Step off the beaten path and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Curracloe Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Ballyheigue Beach (in Ballyheigue), The Mill at Avoca Village (in Avoca) and Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, examine the collection at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and admire the striking features of Glendalough Monastic Settlement.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin trip planning website .

Fly from Amsterdam to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in April, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Curracloe Beach, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough Cathedral, The Mill at Avoca Village, Ballyheigue Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

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