57 days in Europe Itinerary

57 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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Funchal, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 6 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
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Valencia, Spain
— 5 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 8 nights
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Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Train to Munich, Fly to Budapest
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, France
— 5 nights
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Funchal, Portugal

— 4 nights
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Step out of the city life by going to Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and Blandy's Wine Lodge. Get out of town with these interesting Funchal side-trips: Calheta Beach (in Calheta), Vereda da Garganta Funda (in Ponta do Pargo) and Cascata dos Anjos (in Ponta Do Sol). There's much more to do: stroll through Levada Nova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao, take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Girao, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Arieiro.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Funchal online trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Funchal is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Funchal, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portugal

— 6 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Visit Cape Saint Vincent and Basilica Real de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Praia Dona Ana and Praia da Marinha. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Town Faro (in Faro), Lagos (Ponta da Piedade & Praia do Camilo) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água, step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the long history of Porta de Evora - Arco romano de Beja.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Albufeira online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Albufeira in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Granada, Spain

— 4 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Torcal de Antequera and Automobile and Fashion Museum. Visit Church of San Antonio and Royal Chapel of Granada for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Balcony of Europe) and Malaga (Malaga Cathedral, Alcazaba, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Carrera del Darro, admire the natural beauty at Generalife, wander the streets of Albayzin, and steep yourself in history at Mirador de San Nicolas.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Granada due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albufeira in May since evenings lows in Granada dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Valencia, Spain

— 5 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Get outdoors at Peñón de Ifac Natural Park and Guadalest Valley. Get some historical perspective at Peniscola Castle and Puerta De Sant Pere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valencia: Castillo de Santa Barbara (in Alicante) and Benidorm (El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm & Playa de Levante). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, admire the striking features of La Lonja de la Seda, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Valencia trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Granada to Valencia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 8 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral and Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle). Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Cimetiere de Plainpalais are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve, kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Geneva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Valencia in May, with highs in Geneva at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Hohenschwangau, Germany

— 1 night
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Hohenschwangau and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hohenschwangau trip builder website.

Drive from Geneva to Hohenschwangau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Geneva in June; daily highs in Hohenschwangau reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcsut Arboretum and Danube River. Get some historical perspective at Shoes on the Danube Bank and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Budapest online trip maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hohenschwangau to Budapest in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hohenschwangau in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pile Gate and then take a stroll through Old Town. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island, take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik online holiday planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Dubrovnik by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. June in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 4 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Step out of the city life by going to Tsambika Beach and Anthony Quinn Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights) and Medieval City. Venture out of the city with trips to Lindos (Village of Lindos, Acropolis of Lindos, &more), Dormition of Theotokos Church (in Asklipiio) and Vlycha Beach (in Vlycha). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Transfiguration and make a trip to Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town trip planning site.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Rhodes Town in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Rhodes Town. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Civita di Bagnoregio and Chiesa di Santo Stefano for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica and Pozzo di San Patrizio. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Villa d'Este (in Tivoli). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Rhodes Town to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Rhodes Town to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rhodes Town in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rome, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Abbazia di San Galgano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Do some cultural sightseeing at Torre del Mangia and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena) and Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca). There's more to do: make a trip to Piazza Maggiore and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation website.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porto-Vecchio, France

— 5 nights
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Get a sense of the local culture at Bonifacio Citadel and Eglise de Saint Jean Baptiste. Visit Plage de Santa Giulia and Plage de Campomoro for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto-Vecchio: Bonifacio (Iles Lavezzi & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Sentier de l’Uomo Di Cagna (in Monacia-d'Aullene). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Palombaggia, take a memorable tour with Sensations Airlines, stroll through Cala Rossa, and head outdoors with Destination Adrenaline.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Porto-Vecchio takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Porto-Vecchio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.