53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
5
Gairloch, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 45​min
7
Adeje, Spain
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
8
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
10
Alghero, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
13
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church and then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and finally snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest travel app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Budapest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in April: highs in Budapest hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine and then have fun at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Krakow day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Krakow: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

2
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.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the views from Charles Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then make a trip to Old Town Square, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Jewish Cemetery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip planner .

Getting from Krakow to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and contemplate the long history of The Catacombs of Paris.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Gairloch.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
nights
Gairloch, United Kingdom

Gairloch ©
Gairloch is a village, civil parish and community on the shores of Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross, in the North-West Highlands of Scotland. Relax by the water at Red Point Beach and Clachtoll Beach Campsite. Visiting Shieldaig Falconry and Culag Woods will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Gairloch: Inverpolly Nature Reserve (in Ullapool), Lochinver (Little Assynt Estate & Achmelvich Bay) and Scourie Bay (in Scourie). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Glendale Self Drive Boat Hire, kick back and relax at Mellon Udrigle Beach, admire the sheer force of Flowerdale Waterfall, and get outside with Walking and Wildlife Adventures.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gairloch itinerary planner .

Drive from Paris to Gairloch in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Paris in May, with highs in Gairloch at 14°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Gairloch

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lochinver, Red Point Beach, Inverpolly Nature Reserve, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Clachtoll Beach Campsite
Find places to stay May 4 — 8:
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Culag Woods ©
Culag Woods
Red Point Beach ©
Red Point Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

2
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Escape the urban bustle at Heidmork Nature Reserve and Thingvellir National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hallgrimskirkja and Hradastadir Horse Riding & Farm. On the 11th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Blafjoll Ski Resort. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Yntri Tunga Beach.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik online travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gairloch to Reykjavik. Traveling from Gairloch in May, expect nights in Reykjavik to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Adeje.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Thingvellir National Park, Ytri Tunga Beach
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Ytri Tunga Beach ©
Ytri Tunga Beach

3
nights
Adeje, Spain

Adeje ©
Straddling the foothills of the Teide volcano and Tenerife’s southern shores, Adeje is known for its beautiful island architecture and a backdrop of green, mountainous scenery.
Visiting Playa Del Duque and Volcan El Teide will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de las Vistas and El Medano. Get out of town with these interesting Adeje side-trips: Santiago del Teide (Los Gigantes & Cosmos Tenerife) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Los Abrigos). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Teide National Park and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Adeje trip app .

Fly from Reykjavik to Adeje in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in May, with highs in Adeje at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Adeje

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Santiago del Teide, Tenerife, El Medano, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa de las Vistas
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
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Teide National Park ©
Teide National Park
Playa de las Vistas ©
Playa de las Vistas
Mount Teide ©
Mount Teide

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Jeronimos Monastery and Park and National Palace of Pena for their historical value. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lisbon by Boat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Quinta da Regaleira). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, and take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Adeje to Lisbon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Adeje in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lisbon, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
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Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park and Mirador del area recreativa de Xenacs. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Casa Batllo, step into the grandiose world of Montjuic Castle, appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Barcelona online trip maker .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Barcelona sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirador del area recreativa de Xenacs, La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
nights
Alghero, Italy

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Get some historical perspective at Chiesa di Nostra Signora di Bonu Ighinu and Affacci a mare: Bastioni e Lungomare. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Pelosa Beach and S'Arena Scoada Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Alghero: Parrocchia Santa Giulia (in Padria), Parco Archeologico Di Suni Nuraghe Nuraddeo (in Suni) and Porto Alabe Beach (in Tresnuraghes). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Alghero Rock Climbing Sites, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Tramariglio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia del Sacro Cuore e San Marco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Poglina Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alghero road trip planning site .

Getting from Barcelona to Alghero by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Alghero is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Alghero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Chiesa di Santa Giulia, La Pelosa Beach, S'Arena Scoada Beach, Parco Archeologico Di Suni Nuraghe Nuraddeo, Chiesa di Nostra Signora di Bonu Ighinu
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Alghero Rock Climbing Sites ©
Alghero Rock Climbing Sites
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Punta Giglio ©
Punta Giglio

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Catacombe di San Callisto and Lagustelli di Percile. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roman Forum and Food Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Duomo di Orvieto in Orvieto (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Alghero to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Alghero in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Lagustelli di Percile, Duomo di Orvieto
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 2:
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Siena Cathedral and Piazza della Signoria will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Duomo and Piazza del Campo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Botanical Garden Maria Ansaldi Pania di Corfino (in Villa Collemandina). Dedicate the 4th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip builder website .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Botanical Garden Maria Ansaldi Pania di Corfino, Le mura di Lucca
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 7:
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Mark's Square and Scrovegni Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Canal Grande and Laguna di Bibione. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary (in Quinto di Treviso) and Basilica di Sant’Antonio (in Padua). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, get interesting insight from Il Bragozzo - Local boats in Venice, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Venice road trip tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Venice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Laguna di Bibione, Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Istanbul online day trip planner .

Fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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