45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Cuenca, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 30 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Malcesine, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Annecy, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
11
Wurzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
12
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7 h
14
Foyers, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
15
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gran Via as well as Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Madrid is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Madrid to be slightly colder, around 37°F, while days are colder, around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Cuenca.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Tours Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

2
nights
Cuenca, Spain

Cuenca ©
Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get great views at Mirador Barrio del Castillo, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De Cuenca, explore the historical opulence of Las Ruinas del Castillo de Cuenca, steep yourself in history at Murallo y Arco de Bezudo, then take in the views from Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge), and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Walled Town of Cuenca. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo de Cuenca, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casas Colgadas.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cuenca day trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Cuenca in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Catedral De Cuenca ©
Catedral De Cuenca
Mirador Barrio del Castillo ©
Mirador Barrio del Castillo

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona online visit planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cuenca to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Barcelona are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 39°F in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Florence itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Arena di Verona (in Verona) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in January; daily highs in Venice reach 47°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Malcesine.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Arena di Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Malcesine, Italy

Malcesine ©
Malcesine is a comune (municipality) on the eastern shore of Lake Garda in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120km northwest of Venice and about 40km northwest of Verona.Geography and divisionsThe comune of Malcesine consists of Navene, Campagnola, Malcesine proper, Val di Sogno and Cassone. On the 16th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Integrale Gardesana Orientale, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate, then take in the awesome beauty at Mountbaldo, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Lago. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Madonna della Fontana, admire the verdant scenery at Val di Sogno, pause for some serene contemplation at Eremo dei Santi Benigno e Caro, step into the grandiose world of Scaliger Castle in Malcesine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Antica Pieve di Santo Stefano, and finally admire the striking features of Palazzo dei Capitani di Malcesine.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Malcesine day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Venice to Malcesine in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. January in Malcesine sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Valmadrera.

Things to do in Malcesine

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate
Highlights from your plan
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine ©
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine
Antica Pieve di Santo Stefano ©
Antica Pieve di Santo Stefano
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip website .

Traveling by car from Malcesine to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Milan are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca di Brera ©
Pinacoteca di Brera

3
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Annecy is known for nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac d'Annecy, take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, and take in the views from Pont des Amours.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip maker app .

Getting from Milan to Annecy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. January in Annecy sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy
La Tournette ©
La Tournette
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Île de la Cité, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

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

Take a train from Annecy to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Explore Wurzburg's surroundings by going to Picknickplattform mit Sonnenliegen im Weinberg (in Erlenbach), Altes Gewurzamt (in Klingenberg am Main) and Rothenburg (German Christmas Museum, Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, take an in-depth tour of Fortress Marienberg, snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, and don't miss a visit to Market Square.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wurzburg trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Wurzburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, Wurzburg is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 39°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Picknickplattform mit Sonnenliegen im Weinberg, Altes Gewurzamt
Highlights from your plan
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then make a trip to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to East Side Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin.

Plan trip to Berlin with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Wurzburg to Berlin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Berlin to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in London are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Foyers.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

2
nights
Foyers, United Kingdom

Foyers ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Foyers: Chisholm Graveyard (in Struy), Fort Augustus (Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre & Fort Augustus War Memorial) and Bridge of Oich (in Invergarry).

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Foyers vacation maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from London to Foyers. In February, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Foyers

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Augustus, Beauly, Bridge of Oich, St Ninians Church, Chisholm Graveyard
Highlights from your plan
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
General Wade’s Military Roads ©
General Wade’s Military Roads
Suidhe Viewpoint ©
Suidhe Viewpoint

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Spire, then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and then walk around St Stephens Green.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Invermoriston to Dublin. In February, daytime highs in Dublin are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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