52 days in Europe Itinerary

52 days in Europe Itinerary

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52 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
13
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
14
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Milan, Italy

2
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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 St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Brussels and Parc du Cinquantenaire. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Atomium, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brussels visit planning app .

Milan, Italy to Brussels is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in August, things will get slightly colder in Brussels: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sainte-Chapelle and Île de la Cité. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning website .

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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 inner history buff will appreciate Castelo dos Mouros and Quinta da Regaleira. Get some cultural insight at Park and National Palace of Pena and Jeronimos Monastery. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Paris to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in August; daily highs in Lisbon reach 35°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Kilkenny Castle. Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College Dublin will appeal to history buffs. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Rothe House and Garden (in Kilkenny). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Richmond Barracks, examine the collection at Dublin Writers Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Lisbon to Dublin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you will find days in Dublin are colder (22°C), and nights are slightly colder (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ferns Castle
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Fort George and Urquhart Castle. Appreciate the collections at Highland Folk Museum and The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection). Explore Inverness' surroundings by going to Corrimony Chambered Cairn (in Drumnadrochit), Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly) and Dunrobin Castle and Gardens (in Golspie). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, witness the site of a historic battle at Culloden Battlefield, steep yourself in history at Beauly Priory, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Inverness trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Inverness takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Inverness sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Beauly, Drumnadrochit, Loch Garten Nature Reserve, RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
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Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens ©
Dunrobin Castle and Gardens
Fort George
Fort George

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.
Visit Rosenborg Castle and Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral for their historical value. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and National Museum of Denmark will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Nyhavn, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), make a trip to Stroeget, and explore the historical opulence of Kastellet.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Copenhagen tour planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Inverness to Copenhagen takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Inverness to Copenhagen is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inverness in August: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Amalienborg ©
Amalienborg

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.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Palace and Vasa Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stockholm Old Town and Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Skansen, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), and learn about all things military at Royal Armory.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Stockholm road trip planning tool .

Fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some historical perspective at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and Peterhof Grand Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at The Marly Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg day trip planning website .

You can fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. August in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.
Let the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and Wallenstein garden capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town Square, explore the galleries of The Powder Tower, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Prague road trip site .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Prague by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague is minus 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step off the beaten path and head to Salzburger Altstadt and Red Bull Hangar-7. Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Hellbrunn and Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nonnberg Convent, take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, and admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom).

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg route builder site .

You can drive from Prague to Salzburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and Dohány Street Synagogue. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), get engrossed in the history at Hungarian National Museum, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Budapest tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Salzburg to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . Your inner history buff will appreciate Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, wander the streets of Taksim Square, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Orvieto and Palatine Hill. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa Adriana about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, delve into the mystery of Catacombe di San Callisto, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Villa Adriana
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Storico and Le mura di Lucca. Siena Cathedral and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana & Piazza del Campo) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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