59 days in Europe Itinerary

59 days in Europe Itinerary

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59 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mettet, Belgium
Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
12
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
14
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Mettet, Belgium

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk), The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Old Church (in Delft). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online trip maker .

Mettet, Belgium to Amsterdam is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Haarlem, Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, Old Church, 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
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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou capture your imagination. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Versailles, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the masterpieces at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille online itinerary planner .

Fly from Paris to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in January: highs in Marseille hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain ©
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and La Maison du Portal. Palais Lascaris and La Madone d'Utelle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Frejus (Scuba & Snorkeling & Base Nature Francois Leotard), La Route du Sel (in Hyeres) and Coaraze (Ruines de Rocca Sparviera & Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Pointe des Sardinaux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint Veran, and explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Coaraze, Utelle, Frejus, La Calanque de Figuerolles, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence
Highlights from your plan
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Villa Adriana in Tivoli, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Nice to Rome by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Museo di San Marco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Piazza del Campo, & more) and Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence online journey maker .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Florence are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siena, Basilica San Vitale
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

4
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.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore & Museo di Castelvecchio) and Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, & more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Venice is a bit cooler than Florence - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Verona
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

5
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Jewish Museum in Prague and St. George's Basilica. Do some cultural sightseeing at Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, steep yourself in history at Prasna brana, take in the views from Charles Bridge, and take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in January, things will get a bit cooler in Prague: highs are around 2°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

2
nights
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, steep yourself in history at Former Fink Cafe, explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jost Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Areal sv. Klary. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and then steep yourself in history at Schullerbauer House.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov online trip builder .

You can drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Bratislava.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle

3
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Devin Castle and St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina) will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Michalska Brana and Bratislava Castle. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), learn about all things military at Muzeum B-S 4, take an in-depth tour of SNM prírodovedné múzeum, and explore the world behind art at Bratislava City Gallery - Mirbach Palace.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bratislava using our trip planner.

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Bratislava in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Michalska Brana ©
Michalska Brana

5
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Get some historical perspective at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get a sense of the local culture at Wawel Cathedral and Wieliczka Salt Mine. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of The Barbican (Barbakan), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Joseph, and take an in-depth tour of Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow tour planner.

You can drive from Bratislava to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February in Krakow, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

3
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The National Museum in Warsaw and Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Krakowskie Przedmiescie. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Blessed Pr. Jerzy Popieluszko, steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), and brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planner.

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The National Museum in Warsaw ©
The National Museum in Warsaw
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Let the collections at Russian Museum and Historical and Memorial Museum Smolny capture your imagination. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Nabokov Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg travel route planner .

You can fly from Warsaw to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Warsaw in February, with highs in St. Petersburg at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Visit Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, add some adventure to your tour with The Green Trails, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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