59 days in Europe Itinerary

59 days in Europe Itinerary

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59 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Nottingham, United Kingdom
train:  4​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Chania Town, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
10
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
11
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
13
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + foot + train:  9​h 45​min
End: Nottingham, United Kingdom

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.
Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. Palace of Versailles and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Catacombs of Paris, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris route planner.

Nottingham, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nottingham to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Park and National Palace of Pena and Cabo da Roca. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Castelo dos Mouros). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Rossio Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Royal Palace of Madrid and Catedral Primada will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra and Chorrera de los Litueros. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Iglesia de Santa Coloma (in Albendiego) and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion (in Duraton). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, explore the activities along Retiro Park, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Casa de Campo.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Lisbon in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chorrera de los Litueros, Parque Natural Hayedo de Tejera Negra, Iglesia de Santa Coloma, Catedral Primada, Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

5
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.
Let the collections at Casa Batllo and Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional capture your imagination. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Santuario del Far for their historical value. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Monasterio de Sant Joan les Fonts (in Sant Joan les Fonts), Castell de les Pallargues (in Les Pallargues) and Mirador del area recreativa de Xenacs (in Les Preses). There's much more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, examine the collection at Museo Picasso, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Barcelona route site .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mirador del area recreativa de Xenacs, Santuario del Far, Castell de les Pallargues, Estany d'Ivars, Monasterio de Sant Joan les Fonts
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Uffizi Galleries and Grantfield Design Studios & Gallery of Fine Art will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at La Fornace Art Gallery and Museo Mario Romoli. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Piazza del Campo & Siena Cathedral) and Piccolo museo del diario (in Pieve Santo Stefano). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence holiday planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Florence by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Florence sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, La Fornace Art Gallery, Grantfield Design Studios & Gallery of Fine Art, Piccolo museo del diario, Museo Mario Romoli
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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.
Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. Visit St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto (in Monteleone di Spoleto) and Albaneto (in Leonessa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome tour itinerary builder .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chania Town.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Vatican City, Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto, Albaneto
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sklopa and Historical & Folklore Museum of Gavalochori. Visiting Elafonissi Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chania Town: Agios Georgios Byzantine Church (in Anidri), Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics (in Maleme) and Kissamos (Balos Lagoon & Sirikari Gorge - Polyrrinia Trail). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Azoires, view the masterpieces at Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery Arsaniou, and get a taste of the local shopping with Artifacts by Omodamos.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chania Town vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rome to Chania Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Chania Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Chania Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Chania Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kissamos, Apostolakis Handmade Ceramics, Agios Georgios Byzantine Church, Archaeological Site of Azoires, Artifacts by Omodamos
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Elafonissi  Beach ©
Elafonissi Beach
Balos Lagoon ©
Balos Lagoon

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Istanbul Modern Museum. Visit Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, view the masterpieces at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, browse the exhibits of Rumeli Fortress, and admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami .

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul holiday builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chania Town to Istanbul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Chania Town to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Istanbul is a bit cooler than Chania Town - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shoes on the Danube Bank and Neszmely Boat Museum. Head to Koller Gallery and Andrassy Avenuefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament, and contemplate the long history of Hősök tere.

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

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Neszmely Boat Museum
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
For shopping fun, head to Sonnenuhren Jindra or Schloss Walpersdorf. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Center of Vienna and Stift Altenburg. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, and view the masterpieces at Dorotheum.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vienna driving holiday planning site .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Stift Altenburg, Sonnenuhren Jindra, Schloss Walpersdorf
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Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius. Your inner history buff will appreciate Main Market Square and St. Mary's Basilica. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, have fun at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow, and take a stroll through Stare Miasto.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow day trip planning website .

You can fly from Vienna to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto

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nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Museum-lovers will get to explore Rijksmuseum and Frans Hals Museum. Change things up with a short trip to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Bureau Amsterdam, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Amsterdam vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Krakow to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Isle of Skye.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Isle of Skye ©
Blessed with picturesque lochs and a dramatic, rocky coastline, the far-flung Isle of Skye remains one of Scotland's most beloved destinations.
Let the collections at Trotternish Art Gallery and Alan Campbell Gallery capture your imagination. Head to Skyelark and Skyeworks Galleryfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Dunscaith Castle, choose your vessel at Seaflower Skye, take in the dramatic natural features at Trotternish Ridge, and Head underground at Spar Cave.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Isle of Skye trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Amsterdam to Isle of Skye takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Isle of Skye due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, you will find days in Isle of Skye are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Bearreraig Bay ©
Bearreraig Bay
Dunscaith Castle ©
Dunscaith Castle
Dun Beag Broch ©
Dun Beag Broch

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