32 days in Europe Itinerary

32 days in Europe Itinerary

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32 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 7 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Nice, France
— 2 nights
train + train:  6​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
ferry:  21​h 30​min
9
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Phoenix, United States

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then meet the residents at Natura Artis Magistra, and then take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.

Phoenix, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Phoenix to Amsterdam, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in July, with highs in Amsterdam at 71°F and lows at 57°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Park (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, and pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): wander the streets of Old Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally explore the striking landscape at Calanques. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille itinerary planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Marseille by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanques, Cours Mirabeau
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

2
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.
On the 25th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland and then make a trip to Place Massena. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in July: highs in Nice hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marineland, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Pisa (Torre di Pisa & Piazza dei Miracoli). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Florence tour planner.

You can drive from Nice to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Florence, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Pisa
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain and then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take an in-depth tour of Capitoline Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Naples online itinerary creator.

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August in Naples, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Naples

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Vesuvio National Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Via San Gregorio Armeno ©
Via San Gregorio Armeno

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus, and finally see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Naples to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Naples to Athens is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, museums, religious sites, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami , admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, and contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Istanbul vacation planner.

You can fly from Athens to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in August, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are about the same (72°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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