42 days in Western Europe Itinerary

42 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Westminster Abbey and Natural History Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read London day trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to London is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Toronto in August, with highs in London at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip maker site .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days in Brussels, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hofje Van Brienen.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Haarlem
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Rosenborg Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Copenhagen, make a side trip to see Kronborg in Helsingoer, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetaarn, and don't miss a visit to Stroeget.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip maker website .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Kronborg
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek ©
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

4
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vasa Museum and Royal Palace. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Skansen, admire the masterpieces at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Royal Armory.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm journey planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Stockholm are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, and meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna day trip planning site .

Fly from Stockholm to Vienna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Stockholm in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vienna: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, wander the streets of Plaka, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens trip planning app .

You can fly from Vienna to Athens in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Athens is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in September; daily highs in Athens reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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.
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa Adriana, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, take a stroll through Trastevere, and get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome day trip planning tool .

Getting from Athens to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rome when traveling from Athens in September, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Uffizi Galleries and Pitti Palace. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Florence in September, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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