56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Ålesund Airport, Fly to London Gatwick Airport, Drive to Brighton and Hove
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 7 nights
Fly
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Mykonos Town, Greece
— 7 nights
Ferry to Santorini, Taxi to Oia
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Oia, Greece
— 7 nights
Taxi to Santorini, Ferry to Rethymnon
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bosham Quay and Grand Parade Main Resort Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Lanes and Royal Pavilion. Get out of town with these interesting Brighton and Hove side-trips: Chartwell (in Westerham), Sissinghurst Castle Garden (in Sissinghurst) and Walmer Castle and Gardens (in Walmer). And it doesn't end there: stop by North Laine, steep yourself in history at Bateman's, take an in-depth tour of Michelham Priory, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Parish Church.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brighton and Hove trip builder.

Alesund, Norway to Brighton and Hove is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Alesund to Brighton and Hove is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Alesund in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Brighton and Hove, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Paris, France

— 7 nights

City of Light

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 off the beaten path and head to Montmartre and Latin Quarter. Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres), Orléans Cathedral (in Orleans) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Brighton and Hove to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brighton and Hove in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 26:

Venice, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romance

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cannaregio and St Mark's Campanile. Escape the urban bustle at Canal Grande and Giudecca. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice vacation planner.

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Venice hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza della Cisterna and Campanile di Giotto. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: San Gimignano (San Gimignano 1300 & San Gimignano Bell Tower) and Torre del Mangia (in Siena). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, and finally admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, stop by Trastevere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally wander the streets of Via Condotti.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dubrovnik City Walls and War Photo Limited. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lokrum Island and Copacabana Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubrovnik: Cavtat (Vlaho Bukovac House, Church of Our Lady of the Snow, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sveti Jakov Beach, examine the collection at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, take advantage of the amenities at Beach Kupari, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik online trip maker.

You can fly from Rome to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Dubrovnik, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 12:

Mykonos Town, Greece

— 7 nights

Chora Mykonos

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Get in touch with nature at Elia Beach and Panormos Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Little Venice and Lena's House. There's more to do: stroll through Psarou beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Ornos Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mykonos Town road trip tool.

Fly from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Dubrovnik to Mykonos Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Mykonos Town can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oia.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 19:

Oia, Greece

— 7 nights
Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Shop till you drop at Art Space and Atlantis Books E.E.. Relax by the water at Kamari Beach and Red Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pyrgos (Castelli of Pyrgos & Cultural Village), Akrotiri (Akrotiri, Experience Horse Riding, &more) and Venetsanos Winery (in Megalochori). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Eros Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and browse the exhibits of Mnemossyne Gallery.

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You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Mykonos Town to Oia in 3 hours. Another option is to fly. August in Oia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 26:

Rethymnon, Greece

— 7 nights
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rethymnon Old Town and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Palace of Knossos and Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno. Venture out of the city with trips to Sfentoni Cave (in Zoniana), St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis) and Reptisland (in Melidoni). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Rethymno Beach, stop by mariannas, do a tasting at Winery Dourakis, and don't miss a visit to Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rethymnon journey builder site.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Oia to Rethymnon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — Sep 2:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 nights
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tallinn Old Town and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Get a sense of the local culture at Toompea Hill and Toompea Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Tallinn side-trips: Vosu Rand (in Vosu), Haapsalu Castle (in Haapsalu) and Lahemaa rahvuspark (in Vihasoo). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wile Farm, kick back and relax at Beach Klooga, admire the sheer force of Keila Waterfall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Town Hall Pharmacy.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn day trip planning website.

You can fly from Rethymnon to Tallinn in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Rethymnon in September, with highs in Tallinn at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.

Santorini travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.

Crete travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.