39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 29 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Paris, France


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29
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, & more), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Versailles, Rouen, Honfleur, Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Chambord
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), examine the collection at Atomium, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally make a trip to Grand Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brussels vacation planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally see the interesting displays at Historium Brugge.

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Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco). On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then wander the streets of Alfama, and then contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bruges to Lisbon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bruges to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bruges in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, stroll around Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

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

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