53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva, Train to Lausanne
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Sarajevo, Bus to Mostar
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Train to Čapljina, Drive to Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Altamura, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train to Torrita Di Siena, Taxi to Pienza
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Pienza, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Van Stapele Koekmakerijfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) & Passage). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, stroll around Vondelpark, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.

Billum, Denmark to Amsterdam is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and The Chocolate Line Brugesfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, The Markt, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brussels online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Brussels are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Seine River. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Gare de Strasbourg, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, then get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, then make a trip to Barrage Vauban, and finally wander the streets of La Petite France. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by La Petite Manufacture des Reves, tour the pleasant surroundings at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Volerie des Aigles, and finally appreciate the history behind Place Kleber.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg road trip tool.

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Annecy.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Visiting Lake Annecy and Lac du Bourget will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Pernot Cédric in Chambery (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier.

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Getting from Strasbourg to Annecy by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne, admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally shop like a local with Plexus Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then get a sense of history and politics at Palais de Justice de Montbenon, then stop by Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fondation de l'Hermitage.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne itinerary planner.

Getting from Annecy to Lausanne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern trip site.

You can drive from Lausanne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bern, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Adventure

Side Trips

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Naturpark Mannersdof-Wuste and Die Perchtoldsdorfer Heide. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vienna Naschmarkt and Xocolat. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Hundertwasserhaus, and shop like a local with Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Vienna driving holiday app.

Getting from Bern to Vienna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April in Vienna, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Get outdoors at Margaret Island and Scooter Budapest. Shop till you drop at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) and Central Market Hall. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, witness a stunning natural landmark at Palatinus Strandfürdő, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and head outdoors with Skyward.

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You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mostar.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Shopping

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Visiting Apparition Hill and Kravica will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Old Bazar Kujundziluk or War Photo Exhibition. Step out of Mostar to go to Capljina and see Roman Villa Mogorjelo Archaeological Site, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Neretva River, admire the masterpieces at The Hamam Museum, snap pictures at Old Bridge (Stari Most), and make a trip to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mostar itinerary planner.

Fly from Budapest to Mostar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May in Mostar, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 4th (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head off the coast to Lokrum Island. On your second day here, shop like a local with Art by Stjepko, look for gifts at Clara Stones, and then contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Altamura.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Altamura, Italy

— 2 nights
Altamura is a city and comune of Apulia, in southern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Palazzo Baldassarre, explore the galleries of La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Piazza Duomo, then stop by Caseificio Dicecca, and finally explore the striking landscape at Il Pulo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Masseria Storica Pilapalucci Contrada Pilapalucci, see the interesting displays at Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni, then step into the grandiose world of Castel del Monte, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Ruvo di Puglia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale Maria SS. Assunta.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Altamura visit app.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Altamura by car takes about 9.5 hours. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Altamura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Altamura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Shop till you drop at Via Condotti and Marchese di Sassinoro. Get outdoors at Colle del Gianicolo and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome online attractions planner.

Fly from Altamura to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Altamura in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rome, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Pienza.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Pienza, Italy

— 2 nights
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio di San Biagio, make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, experience rural life at Podere Il Casale, then view the masterpieces at Art Studio di Adelina Quadri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Palazzo Piccolomini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Val d'Orcia, then get into the urban bustle at San Quirico d'Orcia, then do a tasting at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni, and finally do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pienza travel route planning website.

You can drive from Rome to Pienza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Pienza dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Pienza

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Italy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 14th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Siena trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Pienza to Siena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Siena are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally surround yourself with nature on Riding with Cosimo.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visiting Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza will get you outdoors. Step out of Cinque Terre to go to Sestri Levante and see Baia del Silenzio, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, trek along Cinque Terre footpaths, and explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Head to Fondazione Bisazza and Birra Follinafor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli (in Spilimbergo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Venice journey tool.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Province of Bari travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of about 326,799, over 116km2, while the urban area has 700,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million inhabitants.Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).Modern residential zones surrounding the centre of Bari were built during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport named after Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.

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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.