43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Great Falls, United States
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + Subway:  5 h 15 min
10
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
12
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
13
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
14
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
15
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Great Falls, United States

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Natural History Museum and Churchill War Rooms are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Westminster Abbey and Hampstead. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery and take an in-depth tour of British Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our London journey planning site .

Great Falls, USA to London is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Great Falls to London, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in London when traveling from Great Falls in May, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, and finally explore the galleries of Atomium. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Manneken Pis, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum, then see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip tool .

Traveling by train from London to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Brussels. May in Brussels sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

3
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 Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Musée d'Orsay and Sacre Coeur Cathedral. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, examine the collection at Musée Rodin, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip website .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and La Croisette are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Rue d'Antibes in Cannes (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, appreciate the extensive heritage of Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in May, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado, then see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and then wander the streets of Gran Via. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, get to know the fascinating history of Barrio de Salamanca, and then admire the masterpieces at Fundación Juan March.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Nice to Madrid by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in May, expect nights in Madrid to be slightly colder, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

2
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.
On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Casa Batlló, then browse the exhibits of El Cafè de la Pedrera, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
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.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the striking features of Porta della Carta, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Cannaregio, then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Venice visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uffizi Gallery and Castello del Trebbio. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Tours Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona. Basilica di San Pietro and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take a stroll through Trastevere, kick back and relax at V Lounge Beach Club, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rome road trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Acropolis of Athens, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and then take a stroll through Plaka District. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum and then explore the ancient world of Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip site .

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Athens dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

5
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 Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultanahmet District. Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Dalia Beach, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Athens to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Athens in May, expect Istanbul to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the views from Charles Bridge and then steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Prague trip website .

You can fly from Istanbul to Prague in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Prague is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Istanbul in June, with highs in Prague at 72°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

2
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and then take in panoramic vistas at The Round Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Saviour, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and finally take in the waterfront at Nyhavn.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen day trip app .

You can fly from Prague to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Prague in June: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia and then wander the streets of Edinburgh Old Town. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Real Mary King's Close, explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, and then kick back and relax at Ardtoe Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip tool .

Getting from Copenhagen to Edinburgh by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Copenhagen in June, plan for little chillier days in Edinburgh, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a stroll through The Jordaan and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House.

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Fly from Edinburgh to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Edinburgh in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Amsterdam, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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