32 days in Europe Itinerary

32 days in Europe Itinerary

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32 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  33 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly + Tram:  3 h
6
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Paris, France
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
10
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 22nd (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Antón and then take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 33-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Madrid to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca
Gay Madrid & the Chueca District ©
Gay Madrid & the Chueca District

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chocolates Sierra Nevada and Munira C B. Discover out-of-the-way places like Albayzin and Hilacar Artes Ana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Pampaneira (Bodega la Moralea & Abuela ili Chocolate) and Playa de Burriana (in Nerja). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Lolita's Closet and browse the eclectic array of goods at Alcaiceria.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Granada itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pampaneira, Burriana Beach, Hilacar ArtesAna, Chocolates Sierra Nevada
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Chocolates Sierra Nevada ©
Chocolates Sierra Nevada
Burriana Beach ©
Burriana Beach
Chocolate Abuela ili ©
Chocolate Abuela ili

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen, contemplate the long history of Valencia Cathedral, and then look for gifts at Madame Bugalú. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): hunt for treasures at The Central Market of Valencia, take in the exciting artwork at La Fundación Chirivella Soriano, admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, then wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, and finally pick up some local products at Mercado Colon.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Valencia travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Valencia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Granada in July: highs in Valencia hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Plaza de la Virgen ©
Plaza de la Virgen
Casco Antiguo ©
Casco Antiguo
Mercado Colon ©
Mercado Colon

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.
Get some historical perspective at Vila Vella (Old Town) and Ciutat Vella. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Passeig de Gracia and Casa Gispert. Change things up with a short trip to Castillo de Tossa de Mar in Tossa de Mar (about 1:30 hours away). And it doesn't end there: stop by Las Ramblas, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Barceloneta, admire the striking features of Güell Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Valencia to Barcelona by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Passeig de Gracia ©
Passeig de Gracia

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rue d'Antibes and Vieux Eze. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage de Pampelonne and Grimaud Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs & Fondation Maeght). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Barcelona to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Nice are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Eze, St-Paul-de-Vence, Cannes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

4
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cite medievale and Theatre Romain (Antique). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vieux Lyon and Secrets d'Apiculteur. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse, stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins, see the interesting displays at Musée des Confluences, and wander the streets of Croix-Rousse.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lyon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Nice to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lyon when traveling from Nice in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

La Fromagerie d'Oullins, Theatre Romain (Antique), Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Musee des Confluences ©
Musee des Confluences

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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.
On the 10th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle and then wander the streets of Le Marais.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seebad Eich and Altstadt Luzern. Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Confiserie Sprüngli AGfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Rheinfall (in Neuhausen), Lucerne (Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument & Swiss Museum of Transport) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). There's more to do: stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and don't miss a visit to Grossmunster.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zurich itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Paris to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lucerne, Aare Gorge, Seebad Eich, Rhine Falls
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Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

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nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, admire the landmark architecture of Residenzgalerie, admire the sheer force of Gollinger Wasserfall, explore the historical opulence of Hohenwerfen Castle, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally steep yourself in history at Franziskanerkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Villa Dachstein and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Wolfgang (Pilgrimage Church Of St. Wolfgang).

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Salzburg travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Zurich to Salzburg by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. August in Salzburg sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pfarre St. Wolfgang, Gollinger Wasserfall, Kaiser-Villa, Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen
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Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen ©
Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen
St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) ©
Franziskanerkirche ©
Franziskanerkirche

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rijksmuseum and The Jordaan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Marken and Zandvoort aan Zee. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Kinderdijk to see The Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout about 1:05 hours away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Red Light District.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Salzburg to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Amsterdam City Tours, Zandvoort aan Zee, World Heritage Kinderdijk
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World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan

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