31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Belém Tower, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon holiday maker .

Ottawa, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in April: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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 5th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then stroll around Parc Guell, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally examine the collection at Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Barcelona driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 April, daytime highs in Barcelona are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

3
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: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
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.
On the 12th (Sun), explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Venice itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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 historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In April in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

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: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, make a trip to Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue.

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

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in April, Budapest is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
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, get great views at Petřín, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and examine the collection at NaFilM: National film museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Prague itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in April, you will find days in Prague are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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nights
Amsterdam, Holland

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, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hayman's Distillery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read London route app .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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