57 days in Europe Itinerary

57 days in Europe Itinerary

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57 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  13​h
1
Funchal, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Albufeira, Portugal
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Granada, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Valencia, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h 15​min
8
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
10
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 30​min
13
Porto-Vecchio, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
Funchal, Portugal

Funchal ©
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.
Visit Blandy's Wine Lodge and Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Pico do Arieiro and Cabo Girao. Explore Funchal's surroundings by going to Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz), Cascata dos Anjos (in Ponta Do Sol) and Vereda da Garganta Funda (in Ponta do Pargo). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Palace Madeira, identify plant and animal life at Ponta de Sao Lourenco, and kick back and relax at Calheta Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Funchal vacation builder .

Toronto, Canada to Funchal is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Funchal, with lows around 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

Side Trips

Calheta, Machico, Cascata dos Anjos, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Cabo Girao
Highlights from your plan
Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Cabo Girao ©
Cabo Girao

6
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Take a break from the city and head to Ponta Da Piedale and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Cape Saint Vincent and Old Town Faro will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Lagos (Praia do Camilo & Praia Dona Ana), Basilica Real de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao (in Castro Verde) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água, step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, and find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albufeira journey planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Albufeira in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. May in Albufeira sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Old Town Faro, Praia Da Rocha, Cape Saint Vincent, Tavira Island
Highlights from your plan
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

4
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Explore hidden gems such as Castillo de Gibralfaro and Automobile and Fashion Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of San Antonio and Mirador de San Nicolas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Malaga (Malaga Cathedral & Alcazaba), Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Balcon de Europa) and El Torcal de Antequera (in Antequera). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Carrera del Darro, stroll through Generalife, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, and take a stroll through Albayzin.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada trip maker website .

You can drive from Albufeira to Granada in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Granada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albufeira in May, plan for little chillier nights in Granada, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Malaga, Nerja, El Torcal de Antequera, Church of San Antonio
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
El Torcal de Antequera ©
El Torcal de Antequera
Automobile and Fashion Museum ©
Automobile and Fashion Museum

5
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Peniscola Castle and La Lonja de la Seda. Change things up with these side-trips from Valencia: Benidorm (El Casco Antiguo de Benidorm & Playa de Levante), Puerta De Sant Pere (in Peniscola) and Castillo de Santa Barbara (in Alicante). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Valencia vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Granada to Valencia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Valencia, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Benidorm, Peniscola, Alicante, Peñón de Ifac Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Peniscola Castle ©
Peniscola Castle
Peñón de Ifac Natural Park ©
Peñón de Ifac Natural Park
Guadalest Valley ©
Guadalest Valley

8
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Visiting Mont Saleve and Bains des Paquis will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale de St-Pierre and The Geneva Water Fountain. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Maison Tavel, head outdoors with Patinoire des Vernets, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere de Plainpalais.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geneva holiday app .

You can fly from Valencia to Geneva in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valencia in May: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Maison Tavel ©
Maison Tavel
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

1
night
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau ©
A picturesque village nestled in a green valley on the shores of a lake, Hohenschwangau receives nearly two million visitors every year.
On the 5th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau and then steep yourself in history at Schloss Neuschwanstein.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hohenschwangau attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Hohenschwangau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, Hohenschwangau is slightly colder than Geneva - with highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcsut Arboretum and Danube River. Get some historical perspective at Liberty Statue and Shoes on the Danube. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip planner .

Getting from Hohenschwangau to Budapest by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hohenschwangau in June: highs in Budapest hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alcsut Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Alcsut Arboretum ©
Alcsut Arboretum

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Okrugljak Lake and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip website .

Take a shuttle from Budapest to Plitvice Lakes National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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 10th (Wed), make a trip to Pile Gate and then take a stroll through Old Town. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, then take a stroll through Cavtat Old Town, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Dubrovnik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Tours Parks

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

4
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Medieval City and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Take a break from the city and head to Agios Pavlos Beach and Tsambika Beach. Explore Rhodes Town's surroundings by going to Lindos (Village of Lindos & Acropolis of Lindos), Vlycha Beach (in Vlycha) and Dormition of Theotokos Church (in Asklipiio). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Skiadi, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Michael the Archangel, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anthony Quinn Bay.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Rhodes Town takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in June since evenings lows in Rhodes Town dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lindos, Rhodes, Church of the Transfiguration, Anthony Quinn Bay, Dormition of Theotokos Church
Highlights from your plan
Medieval City ©
Medieval City
Agios Pavlos Beach ©
Agios Pavlos Beach

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa d'Este and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Duomo di Orvieto and San Pietro in Vincoli will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Civita di Bagnoregio (in Civita di Bagnoregio), Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Pozzo di San Patrizio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Rhodes Town to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rhodes Town to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Rhodes Town in June, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Villa d'Este, Civita di Bagnoregio
Highlights from your plan
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto

4
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 Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Torre del Mangia. Visit Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Piazza Maggiore for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca), Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Galgano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Piazza Maggiore, Le mura di Lucca, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Highlights from your plan
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

5
nights
Porto-Vecchio, France

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage de Palombaggia and Cala Rossa. Get outdoors at Plage de Santa Giulia and Iles Lavezzi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto-Vecchio: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bonifacio), Sentier de l’Uomo Di Cagna (in Monacia-d'Aullene) and Plage de Campomoro (in Belvedere-Campomoro). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage De Pinarello, get outside with Destination Adrenaline, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Saint-Cyprien.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Porto-Vecchio trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Porto-Vecchio takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Porto-Vecchio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. 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

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Sentier de l’Uomo Di Cagna, Plage De Pinarello, Plage de Campomoro
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Plage de Santa Giulia ©
Plage de Santa Giulia

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