42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Naples, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  12​h
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
London, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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6
nights
Athens, Greece

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens journey builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Athens, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

Plan trip to Rome with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome. Traveling from Athens in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, then make a trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and then see the interesting displays at National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Naples trip site .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Naples, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods)
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) ©

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome
For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Rome road trip app .

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Florence on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Rome

Tours Nightlife Historic Sites
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1
night
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 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

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Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip website .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

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

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

4
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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and explore and take pictures at Camp Nou.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Milan to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in October, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

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

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in October, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

8
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, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the London online vacation planner .

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 to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in London can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

6
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Haarlem (Vleeshal & Grote Markt) and The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights)). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of Leidseplein, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, and meet the residents at ARTIS.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip planning app .

Fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. In November in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Hague
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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