42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  5​h
1
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Coimbra, Portugal
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h
3
Peniche, Portugal
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
6
Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
11
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Bol, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
15
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Athens, Greece

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro, explore the activities along Rio Douro, go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally stop by Livraria Lello. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clerigos Tower, get outside with Vieguini - Bike & Scooter Rental Porto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Porto custom trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Porto is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. July in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

3
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach) and Praia da Barra. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Convento da Ordem de Cristo and Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coimbra: Forum Aveiro (in Aveiro) and Mata Nacional do Bussaco (in Luso). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Forum Coimbra and delve into the distant past at Museu Monografico de Conimbriga.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coimbra online itinerary creator.

Getting from Porto to Coimbra by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Peniche.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia da Barra, Forum Aveiro, Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Convent of Christ
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Praia da Barra ©
Praia da Barra

3
nights
Peniche, Portugal

Peniche ©
Peniche is a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal. Get some cultural insight at Batalha Monastery and Obidos Castle. Visit Praia da Nazare and Praia do Norte for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Peniche: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Nazare (Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré & O Sitio) and Praia Foz do Arelho (in Caldas da Rainha). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos, don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, kick back and relax at Baleal Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Church.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Peniche itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Peniche takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Peniche

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Obidos, Nazare, Monastery of Alcobaca, Praia Foz do Arelho, Batalha Monastery
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Praia do Norte ©
Praia do Norte
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get in touch with nature at Praia da Ursa and LX Rent - Motos, Scooters, Bikes. Do your shopping at Avenida da Liberdade and Feira da Ladra. Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmo Convent, admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, and take a stroll through Chiado.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Peniche to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 20th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, then take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, and finally examine the collection at Museo Nacional del Prado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): wander the streets of Paseo de la Castellana, do a tasting at Vintage Spain, wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, then shop like a local with Gran Via, and finally head outdoors with Funkyrider.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Madrid itinerary planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alhambra and Generalife. Head to Munira and Artesania Del Arbolfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Nerja (Fundación Cueva de Nerja & Playa de Burriana). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, take a stroll through Albayzin, and stop by Subterranea.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Granada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Valencia.

Things to do in Granada

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nerja
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
Albayzin ©
Albayzin
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Head to The Central Market of Valencia and Mercado Colonfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at City of the Arts and Sciences and La Lonja de la Seda. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Gandia in Playa de Gandia (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bioparc Valencia.

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

Traveling by train from Madrid to Valencia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Valencia, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Playa Gandia
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Playa Gandia ©
Playa Gandia
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Barceloneta and Nova Mar Bella Beach. Get some historical perspective at El Barri Gòtic and Güell Palace. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batlló, wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, and see the interesting displays at Picasso Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Valencia to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Barcelona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zurich.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich holiday planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, examine the collection at Museum of Broken Relationships, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Mirogoj Cemetery, indulge your taste buds at Dolac Market, wander the streets of Lower Town, then don't miss a visit to Ban Josip Jelačić Square, then stop by Handmade In Zagreb, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zagreb travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Zagreb takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

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nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Split Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of The St. Lawrence Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Fortress Kamerlengo, then contemplate the long history of Kliška tvrđava, and finally delve into the distant past at Grgur Ninski Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Split sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Split takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in August; daily highs in Split reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trogir
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Speed Boats Tours
Kliška tvrđava ©
Kliška tvrđava

3
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Visit Sumartin Beach and Zlatni Rat Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dolina Blaca and Senjkovic Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Bol side-trips: Supetar cemetery (in Supetar) and Lovrecina Bay (in Postira). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vidova Gora, do a tasting at Stina Winery, and examine the collection at Muzej Uja / Museum of Olive Oil.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bol vacation builder.

You can ride a ferry from Split to Bol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Split in August, expect nights in Bol to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sumartin Beach, Senjkovic Winery, Lovrecina Bay, Supetar cemetery
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Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Lovrecina Bay ©
Lovrecina Bay
Vidova Gora ©
Vidova Gora

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Split, Croatia

Split ©
On the 11th (Sat), take a stroll through Riva Harbor, kick back and relax at Bacvice Beach, then appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, and finally learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace and then steep yourself in history at Old Split.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Split itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Bol to Split in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Old Split ©
Old Split

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Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Spanjola and Franciscan Monastery. We've included these beaches for you: Dubovica and Sveta Nedilja. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Ilirio's Hvar Tours, take a stroll through Milna, and step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hvar vacation builder.

Traveling by ferry from Split to Hvar takes 2 hours. August in Hvar sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Milna ©
Milna

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nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 16th (Thu), take a stroll through Old Town, then make a trip to Dubrovnik Cable Car, and then get to know the fascinating history of Gradske Zidine. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, look for gifts at Clara Stones Jewellery Store Dubrovnik, then stop by Gift and Art Shop Medusa, then look for gifts at Kokula Art & Craft Shop, and finally steep yourself in history at Stradun.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Hvar to Dubrovnik by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

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