60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

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60 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, breweries & distilleries, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, stroll around Vondelpark, and admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel route planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Amsterdam is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Amsterdam. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Amsterdam hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (The Markt, Belfry of Bruges, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

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

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bruges
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt

4
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the London tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. January in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Locked In A Room ©
Locked In A Room
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ireland, and walk around Phoenix Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

Fly from London to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Dublin sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Castelo dos Mouros). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lisbon road trip site .

You can fly from Dublin to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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 parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, stroll around Parc Guell, and make a trip to Casa Batllo.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona route maker website .

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. In January in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Siena, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence travel route site .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. January in Florence sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice travel planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in January, things will get little chillier in Venice: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Prague road trip planning website .

You can fly from Venice to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in January, with highs in Prague at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
E-Exit Escape Game ©
E-Exit Escape Game
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

10
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online visit planner .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in February, with highs in Istanbul at 11°C and lows at 11°C. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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