57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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57 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  6​h
1
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Hamburg, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
12
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
13
Ankara, Turkey
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
14
Tehran, Iran
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
15
Isfahan, Iran
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
16
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Helsinki, Finland

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Wilder Kermeter Natur-Erlebnispark (in Schleiden), Wahner Heide (in Troisdorf) and Bergehalde Grosses Holz (in Bergkamen). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Kolner Dom, stroll around Naturpark Nassau, and identify plant and animal life at Stadtwald Bocholt.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip itinerary site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cologne is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zwillbrock Biologische Station, Naturpark Nassau, Wildpark, Bergehalde Grosses Holz, Wilder Kermeter Natur-Erlebnispark
Highlights from your plan
Naturpark Nassau ©
Naturpark Nassau
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Wahner Heide ©
Wahner Heide

4
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Get some cultural insight at Miniatur Wunderland and Speicherstadt. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hamburg: Himmelmoor (in Quickborn), Altes Land (in Jork) and Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen (in Warder). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Wadden Sea, Germany and explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Hamburg.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamburg itinerary planner .

Getting from Cologne to Hamburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Hamburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Hankensbuettel, Himmelmoor, Tister Bauernmoor, Storchenpflegestation Wesermarsch, Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen
Highlights from your plan
Tister Bauernmoor ©
Tister Bauernmoor
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore and learn at Pergamonmuseum and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Topographie des Terrors and East Side Gallery. When in Berlin, make a side trip to see Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz in Lubben, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Charlottenburg Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin road trip planner .

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz
Highlights from your plan
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace and New Pinakothek. Popular historic sites such as Schloss Neuschwanstein and St. Michael's Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Kreuzweg Weltenburg (in Kelheim) and Nuremberg (St. Sebaldus Church, St. Lorenz Church, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Heidehaus, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munich holiday planner.

Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nuremberg, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Kreuzweg Weltenburg
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

5
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Ca' Rezzonico. Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Arena di Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, & more), Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio) and Area Naturalistica-Monumentale Isola dei morti (in Moriago della Battaglia). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Ca' Roman.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice holiday planner .

You can fly from Munich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, Venice is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Padua, Area Naturalistica-Monumentale Isola dei morti
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Egizio and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Parco Valentino (in Piani Resinelli) and Como (I Falconieri del Feudo, Sentiero 6 - Valbasca, & more).

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Milan itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Como, Museo Egizio, Parco Valentino
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Museo Egizio ©
Museo Egizio
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and The Baptistery of St. John. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Crete Senesi (in Asciano), Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Siena). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Florence are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Crete Senesi
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rome online holiday maker .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Popular historic sites such as Pompeii Archaeological Park and Cattedrale di San Lorenzo are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Cappella Sansevero and Sol’Art Ceramiche. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, San Giovanni del Toro, & more), Amalfi (Cloister del Paradiso, Valle delle Ferriere, & more) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Positano). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Posillipo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia San Giovanni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, and explore the world behind art at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Naples trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Scala, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, identify plant and animal life at Istanbul Kelebek Ciftligi, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bentler Tabiat Parki.

To see maps and tourist information, read Istanbul trip builder app .

Fly from Naples to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Naples to Istanbul. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Naples in April since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bibliotheque de Celsus and Ancient City of Ephesus. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, see the interesting displays at TCDD Tren Muzesi, step into the grandiose world of Keci Kalesi, and make a trip to Meryem Ana Evi.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip planning app .

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Get a sense of the local culture at Goreme National Park and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gore Harabeleri and Keslik Monastery. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki, head off-road at local off-road trails, learn more about the world around you at Goreme Acik Hava Muzesi, and explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Goreme vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Selcuk to Goreme in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Selcuk in April, with highs in Goreme at 22°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Urgup, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Gore Harabeleri
Highlights from your plan
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri

1
night
Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©
Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at AnItkabir.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ankara day trip app .

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in April, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tehran.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir

1
day
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Sadabaad Palace and then take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tehran online vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ankara to Tehran takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Tehran, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Sadabaad Palace ©
Sadabaad Palace

1
night
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, then don't miss a visit to Naqsh-e Jahan Square, then step into the grandiose world of Aali Qapu Palace, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Isfahan day trip site .

Getting from Tehran to Isfahan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran in April, Isfahan is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Chehel Sotoun ©
Chehel Sotoun

5
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Vasa Museum and Royal Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Skansen and Fotografiska Stockholm. Go for a jaunt from Stockholm to Tystberga to see Stendorren Nature Reserve about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with The Green Trails, admire the striking features of Drottningholm Palace, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and get engrossed in the history at Nordiska museet.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip website .

You can fly from Isfahan to Stockholm in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Isfahan in April, expect nights in Stockholm to be a bit cooler, around 0°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Stendorren Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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