60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Salerno, Italy
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
3
Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Cannes, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami . Take a break from the city and head to Bentler Tabiat Parki and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), stop by Adnan and Hasan, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Wellington to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Wellington, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salerno.

Things to do in Istanbul

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bentler Tabiat Parki ©
Bentler Tabiat Parki
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

5
nights
Salerno, Italy

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia di castiglione and Spiaggia Lannio. Visiting Oasi Valle della Caccia and Sentiero dei Limoni will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salerno: Ruderi della Basilica di Sant'Eustachio (in Scala), Chiesa di San Francesco (in Maiori) and Basilica di Santa Trofimena (in Minori). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pompeii Archaeological Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Il Vecchio Centro Storico di Romagnano al Monte, do a tasting at Le Vigne di Raito, and head outdoors with Monte Finestra.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salerno road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Salerno takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Salerno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Salerno

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Spiaggia di castiglione, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Oasi Valle della Caccia
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park

5
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Visit Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico for their historical value. Do your shopping at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Ravello (Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, & more), Lido di Ravello (in Castiglione) and Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi (in Minori). There's still lots to do: hike along Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), cool off at Fornillo, head outdoors with I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Positano road trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Salerno to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos, Otium Spa Costa d'Amalfi
Highlights from your plan
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cupola di San Pietro and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Visit Roman Forum and Colosseum for their historical value. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto), Villa Adriana (in Tivoli) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's still lots to do: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Positano to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. June in Rome sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore, Duomo di Orvieto, Villa Adriana
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abbazia di San Galgano and Piazza del Duomo. Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Siena (Siena Cathedral & Piazza del Campo) and Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and shop like a local with Mercato Centrale.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence visit planning website .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Abbazia di San Galgano, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena

5
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Castel Plage. La Croisette and Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Nice (Avenue Jean Medecin, Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, & more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Gabel, indulge your taste buds at Marche Forville, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Cannes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Florence in June, plan for little chillier days in Cannes, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Biot, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)
Highlights from your plan
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

6
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage du Debarquement. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Heraclee Beach and Plage de Vergeron. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Plage de Gigaro), Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bandol). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Guerrevieille, stroll through Sentier Botanique, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and stop by Cave de la Capte.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hyeres online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Hyeres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Cogolin, Saint-Tropez, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, Sentier Jean Francois Jube
Highlights from your plan
Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Visit Vila Vella (Old Town) and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Passeig de Gracia and La Boqueria. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Camino de Ronda in S'Agaro--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Casa Batllo, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, walk around Parc Guell, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Barcelona online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hyeres to Barcelona in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Hyeres in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Vila Vella (Old Town), Camino de Ronda
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Popular historic sites such as Park and National Palace of Pena and Belém Tower are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Capela dos Ossos and Castelo dos Mouros. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, buy something for everyone on your list at Amoreiras Shopping Center, take a stroll through Rossio Square, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lisbon road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sintra, Capela dos Ossos
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

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.
Visit Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Île de la Cité. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles) and L'adresse gourmande (in Les Clayes-sous-Bois). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Le Marais, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder site .

Fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Prague Castle and Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Katedrala Svateho Vita and Lobkowicz Palace. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, shop like a local with DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, stop by Artel, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, take a stroll through Vaci Street, and explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Budapest visit planner.

Fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Budapest, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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