58 days in Europe Itinerary

58 days in Europe Itinerary

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58 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
13
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
14
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Milan, Italy

5
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 Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee De Cluny. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner .

Milan, Italy to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
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 some cultural insight at National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Visit Westminster Abbey and Churchill War Rooms for their historical value. Take a break from London with a short trip to St Mary's Church in Swinbrook, about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The British Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read London online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St Mary's Church
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Groeningemuseum and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Let the collections at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum and Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal) capture your imagination. Take a break from Bruges with a short trip to Gravensteen in Ghent, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and see the interesting displays at Friet Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner .

Drive from London to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Bruges is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Atomium, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and steep yourself in history at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice).

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels tour planner.

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
You'll explore and learn at Vasa Museum and Skansen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Royal Palace and Fotografiska Stockholm. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town, see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum, explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, and explore the historical opulence of Drottningholm Palace.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Stockholm takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Stockholm is slightly colder than Amsterdam - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
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.
You'll explore and learn at The State Hermitage Museum and The Anna Akhmatova Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, get engrossed in the history at Peterhof Grand Palace, and step into the grandiose world of Catherine's Body.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. December in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and Prasna brana. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at StaromEstske namEsti and Prague Castle. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at St. George's Basilica, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and get engrossed in the history at Strahov Monastery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Prague trip builder website .

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in January: high temperatures in Prague hover around 2°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

5
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.
Visit Schonbrunn Palace and Karlskirche for their historical value. Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Albertina, contemplate the long history of Freyung, and admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna online road trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Halaszbastya and House of Terror Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matthias Church and Hősök tere. Take a break from Budapest with a short trip to Eger Castle in Eger, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest online travel planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Eger Castle
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

5
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Galata Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sultanahmet District. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take a stroll through Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

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You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in January: highs in Istanbul hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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.
Visit Colosseum and Vatican Museums for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pantheon and Palatine Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rome online tour planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: highs in Rome hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Basilica di Santa Croce will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Duomo di Siena & Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

4
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di San Marco and St Mark's Campanile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore & Museo di Castelvecchio) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Venice road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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