42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Stockholm, Sweden

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stockholm Old Town and Fotografiska Stockholm. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vasa Museum and Royal Palace. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, and explore the world behind art at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Stockholm journey website.

Las Vegas, USA to Stockholm is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in November, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Stockholm: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 33°F at night. You'll set off for St. Petersburg on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Russian Museum. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Cathedral, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, and make a trip to Palace Square.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip maker website.

Getting from Stockholm to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in November, you will find days in St. Petersburg are little chillier (37°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and finally examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Istanbul takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 44°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites

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Budapest, Hungary

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Budapest holiday site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Budapest, with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums
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Venice, Italy

City of Romance

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.
Scrovegni Chapel and Doge's Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica of St. Anthony. There's much more to do: make a trip to Piazza San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Budapest to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Budapest, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Siena and Piazza del Duomo. Explore hidden gems such as Piazza della Signoria and Pitti Palace. Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Piazza del Campo (in Siena). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sistine Chapel and Galleria Borghese. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome trip maker tool.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and then stop by El Barri Gòtic.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Let the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Carmo Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Quinta da Regaleira and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos are in your itinerary. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Sintra National Palace). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Belém Tower, and shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

Discover how to plan a Lisbon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon. In December, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Paris, France

City of Light

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Visit Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle for their historical value. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

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Getting from Lisbon to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in December, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 47°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Visit Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Grand Place, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll around Vondelpark. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam online trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks