42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
12
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip planning website .

Seattle, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seattle in April; daily highs in Dublin reach 53°F and lows reach 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and wander the streets of Alfama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Dublin to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in April: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 70°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
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.
On the 30th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. April in Barcelona sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
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, take a stroll through Trastevere, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome tour planning site .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Florence trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

3
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip website .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul vacation builder website .

You can fly from Venice to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budapest travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest. Traveling from Istanbul in May, Budapest is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Koller Gallery ©
Koller Gallery
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and get in on the family fun at Prater.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Vienna, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and examine the collection at Czech Repubrick.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Prague, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Czech Repubrick ©
Czech Repubrick
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, breweries & distilleries, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, walk around Vondelpark, and get your game on at Museumphoto.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris trip maker .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the London travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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