57 days in Europe Itinerary

57 days in Europe Itinerary

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57 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  8​h
3
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
6
York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Derry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
9
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + bus + Fly + bus:  17​h 15​min
10
Vik, Iceland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 6 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  10​h
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Lucerne and Chapel Bridge. Change things up with a short trip to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (about 36 minutes away). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Mythenquai and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich planner .

Washington DC, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Zurich. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 78°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

5
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Trümmelbachfälle. Visiting Aletsch Glacier and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken will get you outdoors. When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see Simmenfalle in Lenk im Simmental, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, tour along fresh powder with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and get great views at Gornergrat.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip planner .

You can take a train from Zurich to Zermatt in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Interlaken, Aletsch Glacier, Trümmelbachfälle, Simmenfalle
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

5
nights
Nice, France

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Citadelle d'Entrevaux and Ville medieval. Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Marineland will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Castellane), Taxi Boat Saint Tropez (in Port Grimaud) and Le Brigantin II (in Saint-Tropez). The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Nice in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nice are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Ville medieval, Le Brigantin II, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Les Gorges du Verdon
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kids will enjoy The Catacombs of Paris and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nice to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Paris, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

6
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.
Beachy Head and Buckingham Palace will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters and Speed Boats Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from London: Canterbury Cathedral (in Canterbury), Dover Castle (in Dover) and Battle Abbey and Battlefield (in Battle). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, snap pictures at Tower Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the London online route planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in July: highs in London hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to York.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eastbourne, Canterbury Cathedral, Royal Pavilion, Dover Castle, Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Dover Castle ©
Dover Castle
Beachy Head ©
Beachy Head
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters ©
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

4
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.
Visiting Filey Beach and Playdale Farm Park will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Scarborough Beach and RSPB Bempton Cliffs. Change things up with these side-trips from York: VISIT THE BUNKER - RAF Holmpton (in Holmpton), Peasholm Park (in Scarborough) and Whitby Abbey (in Whitby). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of York City Walls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the York itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from London to York takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scarborough, Filey Beach, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, VISIT THE BUNKER - RAF Holmpton, Whitby Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Peasholm Park ©
Peasholm Park
RSPB Bempton Cliffs ©
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Filey Beach ©
Filey Beach

6
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Bamburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. Escape the urban bustle at Calton Hill and Arthur's Seat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Isle of May National Nature Reserve (in Anstruther), Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh) and Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, step off the mainland to explore Farne Islands, and admire the striking features of Cragside House and Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh trip planning site .

Getting from York to Edinburgh by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Derry.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bamburgh, Cragside House and Gardens, Isle of May National Nature Reserve, East Links Family Park, Stirling Castle
Highlights from your plan
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Calton Hill ©
Calton Hill

3
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as Causeway Coastal Route and Bushfoot Strand. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Giant's Causeway will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Derry to Portrush to see Dunluce Castle about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Derry trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Edinburgh to Derry in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Edinburgh in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Derry, with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Derry

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bushmills, Portrush
Highlights from your plan
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
City Walls ©
City Walls

5
nights
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Trumpan Church and St. Columba's Isle. Explore hidden gems such as Skye Adventure and Neist Point. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at The Old Man of Storr, explore the activities along Portree Harbour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Cuillin, and get your game on at A.C.E Target Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Isle of Skye trip planner .

Getting from Derry to Isle of Skye by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Isle of Skye can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vik.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kilt Rock ©
Kilt Rock
The Quiraing ©
The Quiraing
Neist Point ©
Neist Point

5
nights
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Family-friendly places like Reynisfjara Beach and Black Sand Beach will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Skogafoss. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vik: Southcoast Adventure (in Hella), Kirkjubaejarklaustur (Stjornarfoss, Skaftareldahraun, & more) and Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss (in Hvolsvollur). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Dyrholaey, take in the dramatic scenery at Kvernufoss, hike along Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail, and stroll through Sólheimajökulll.

Discover how to plan a Vik trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Isle of Skye to Vik in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Isle of Skye in August: highs in Vik hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Skogar, Gluggafoss/Merkjarfoss, Southcoast Adventure, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall ©
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall

6
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get some historical perspective at Hallgrimskirkja and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thingvellir National Park and Kerið. Change things up with these side-trips from Reykjavik: Gljufrabui Waterfalls (in Skogar), Strokkur (in Geysir) and Gullfoss (in Blaskogabyggd). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the dramatic natural features at Grabrok Crater, take in the dramatic scenery at Urridafoss Waterfall, and stroll through Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik road trip app .

Traveling by car from Vik to Reykjavik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Reykjavik can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bifrost, Urridafoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Falls, Strokkur
Highlights from your plan
Strokkur ©
Strokkur
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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