55 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

55 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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55 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Drive:  1​h
1
Jerusalem, Israel
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Nice, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
10
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
12
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

1
night
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Bethesda, then explore the ancient world of Western Wall, and finally wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the world behind art at Israel Museum, then examine the collection at Shrine of the Book, and finally steep yourself in history at The Jerusalem Archaeological Park.

Before you visit Jerusalem, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is an approximately 1-hour car ride. When traveling from Tel Aviv in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Jerusalem, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park
Highlights from your plan
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis Museum and Plaka. Step out of Athens to go to Sounio and see Temple of Poseidon, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum, view the masterpieces at Museum 'Atelier Spyros Vassiliou', and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Athens driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Jerusalem to Athens in 6 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in May: highs in Athens hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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.
Colosseum and Palatine Hill will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Villa Adriana (in Tivoli) and Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, make a trip to Roman Forum, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome. Traveling from Athens in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza del Duomo and Duomo di Siena. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Piazza del Campo (in Siena) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence holiday builder tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage du Debarquement. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Croisette and Galerie Gabel. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron & Heraclee Beach), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Marche Forville, & more) and Verrerie Pierini (in Biot). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris, steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and shop like a local with Choisy La Galerie.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online travel planner .

You can drive from Florence to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in June, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannes, La Croix-Valmer, Biot, Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Montjuic Castle are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Head to Mercado San Miguel and Rio Creative Art Centerfor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Venture out of the city with trips to Segovia (Acueduct of Segovia & Alcazar de Segovia), The Walls of Avila (in Avila) and Catedral Primada (in Toledo). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, stroll around Casa de Campo, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Segovia, Catedral Primada, The Walls of Avila
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sainte-Chapelle and Île de la Cité. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Madrid in June, with highs in Paris at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Visit Churchill War Rooms and Westminster Abbey for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar (in Biggin Hill), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (in Portsmouth) and St Mary's Church (in Swinbrook). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and contemplate the long history of Tower of London.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

St Mary's Church, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Highlights from your plan
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard ©
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like York City Walls and York Minster. National Railway Museum and York Castle Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around York: Walworth Castle Birds of Prey (in Walworth), Filey Beach (in Filey) and Whitby Abbey (in Whitby). There's more to do: wander the streets of York Shambles.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the York trip planning site .

You can take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in York

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Whitby Abbey, Walworth Birds of Prey, Filey Beach
Highlights from your plan
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 Leidsepleinfor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from York to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from York to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Groeningemuseum. Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge & Basilica of the Holy Blood). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 11th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and finally shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse. On the next day, view the masterpieces at ARTBOX.GALLERY and then explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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