53 days in Canada & Europe Itinerary

53 days in Canada & Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Canada & Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly + Shuttle:  22 h
1
Banff National Park, Canada
— 7 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
2
Jasper National Park, Canada
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  11 h 15 min
3
Toronto, Canada
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
4
Paris, France
— 8 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Naples, Italy
— 7 nights
Subway + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
6
Amalfi, Italy
— 6 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Fira, Greece
— 9 nights
Bus + Fly:  32 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

7
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Step out of Banff National Park to go to Canmore and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort, contemplate the long history of Cave and Basin National Historic Site, stroll through Sunshine Village, and explore the stunning scenery at Johnston Canyon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Banff National Park trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Banff National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 19 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Auckland in January; daily highs in Banff National Park reach -7°C and lows reach -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Jasper National Park.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Burgess Shale
Highlights from your plan
The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Moraine Lake ©
Moraine Lake

6
nights
Jasper National Park, Canada

Jasper National Park ©
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, sprawling Jasper National Park encompasses more than 10,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi) of largely unspoiled mountain wilderness.
Change things up with a short trip to Mt. Robson in Mount Robson (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Whistlers Peak, examine the collection at The Den - Jasper's Wildlife Museum, see the sky in a new way at The Jasper Planetarium, and view the masterpieces at Jasper Art Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jasper National Park journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Banff National Park in January, expect nights in Jasper National Park to be about the same, around -15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Jasper National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mt. Robson
Highlights from your plan
Whistlers Peak ©
Whistlers Peak
Friends of Jasper National Park ©
Friends of Jasper National Park
The Den - Jasper's Wildlife Museum ©
The Den - Jasper's Wildlife Museum

5
nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Venture out of the city with trips to BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League (in Hamilton) and Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls Canada, Journey Behind the Falls, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to CN Tower, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Toronto Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica, and see the interesting displays at Hockey Hall of Fame.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Toronto trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jasper National Park to Toronto takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jasper National Park to Toronto, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jasper National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Toronto, with lows around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Toronto

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Niagara Falls, BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls Canada ©
Niagara Falls Canada
CN Tower
CN Tower
The Distillery District ©
The Distillery District

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Toronto to Paris takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

7
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Vietri sul Mare (Arciconfraternita della Santissima Annunziata e del Santissimo Rosario, Museo provinciale della Ceramica, & more), Salerno (Chiesa San Pietro a Corte, Palazzo Fruscione, & more) and Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods (in Positano). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Cappella Sansevero, don't miss a visit to Miglio Sacro, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento di Santa Maria a Castro, and admire the masterpieces at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples travel planning website .

You can fly from Paris to Naples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in February: high temperatures in Naples hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Salerno, Vietri sul Mare, Convento di Santa Maria a Castro, Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods
Highlights from your plan
Miglio Sacro ©
Miglio Sacro
Museo Cappella Sansevero ©
Museo Cappella Sansevero
Chiesa San Pietro a Corte ©
Chiesa San Pietro a Corte

6
nights
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amalfi: Cetara (Chiesa San Pietro Apostolo & Torre di Cetara) and Praiano (Torre di Grado & Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Suppraiano, don't miss a visit to Torre dello Ziro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrow (Sancturio Maria Santissima Addolorata), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amalfi trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of subway and taxi from Naples to Amalfi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Amalfi when traveling from Naples in February, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Praiano, Maiori, Ravello, Minori, Scala
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Francesco ©
Chiesa di San Francesco
Grotte di Suppraiano ©
Grotte di Suppraiano
Vicoli, scale e archi ©
Vicoli, scale e archi

9
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Anastasis Church, admire the masterpieces at Lignos Folklore Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castelli of Emporio, and delve into the distant past at Akrotiri.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fira attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Amalfi to Fira takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. February in Fira sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Oia, Santorini, Kamari, Imerovigli, Mesaria
Highlights from your plan
Naval Maritime Museum ©
Naval Maritime Museum
Anastasis Church ©
Anastasis Church
Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel ©
Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel

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