46 days in Europe Itinerary

46 days in Europe Itinerary

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46 days in Europe Itinerary

Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  17​h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
Vancouver, Canada

5
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Bussloo and Strand Egmond aan Zee. Anne Frank House and Begijnhof are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort), Het Reestdal (in Balkbrug) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. May in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Strand Egmond aan Zee, Bussloo, Zandvoort aan Zee, Het Reestdal, Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
Anne Frank House
Begijnhof

2
days
Bruges, Belgium

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge and then enjoy the sand and surf at De Panne Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to Belfry of Bruges.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bruges itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

De Panne Beach
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Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

3
days
Brussels, Belgium

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Michael's Bridge and Citadelle (Citadel). Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Mechelen to see Planckendael about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken, examine the collection at Atomium, and take a peaceful walk through Foret des Soignes.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

St Michael's Bridge, Planckendael, Citadelle (Citadel)
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Grand Place
Atomium

9
days
Paris, France

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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and River Seine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Musée d'Orsay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, stroll the grounds of Père Lachaise Cemetery, contemplate the long history of The Catacombs, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum

6
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get in touch with nature at Fenals Beach and La Barceloneta. Explore hidden gems such as Lloret Beach and Playa de la Pineda. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Castillo de Tossa de Mar (in Tossa de Mar), Anfiteatro de Tarragona (in Tarragona) and La Playa de Sitges (in Sitges). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant Pau del Camp, appreciate the history behind El Cafè de la Pedrera, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona holiday planner.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Castillo de Tossa de Mar, Anfiteatro de Tarragona, Playa de la Pineda, La Playa de Sitges
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Fenals Beach
La Sagrada Familia
Casa Batlló

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, then admire the striking features of Porta della Carta, then admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Battistero del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo, and finally don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Venice travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Venice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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St. Mark's Square
Porta della Carta
Canal Grande

3
days
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ljubljana Old Town and Bled Castle (Blejski Grad). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Bled and Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Step out of Ljubljana with an excursion to Waterfall Savica in Bohinjsko Jezero--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Triglav National Park and step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ljubljana vacation builder.

Getting from Venice to Ljubljana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Venice in June, things will get slightly colder in Ljubljana: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bled, Triglav National Park, Waterfall Savica
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Lake Bled
Ljubljana Old Town
Ljubljana Castle

3
days
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cascades and Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre. Get in touch with nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park and Sastavci. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Baraceve Spilje.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Ljubljana in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Plitvice Lakes National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
Cascades
Sastavci

1
day
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
On the 15th (Thu), take a stroll through Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Gradske Zidine.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Plitvice Lakes National Park in June, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Old Town
Gradske Zidine
Stradun

3
days
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Bastion and House of Terror. Visiting Danube and Priest's Island (Pap-sziget) will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and make a trip to Hősök tere.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Budapest takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Dubrovnik in June, Budapest is a bit cooler at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Priest's Island (Pap-sziget)
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Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church

2
days
Vienna, Austria

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.
On the 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Weinweg Langenlois, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kahlenberg, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Schottenkirche. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationalpark Donau-Auen.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nationalpark Donau-Auen, Weinweg Langenlois
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Kahlenberg
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Ringstrasse

3
days
Salzburg, Austria

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress Hohensalzburg and Franziskanerkirche. Explore hidden gems such as Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) and Red Bull Hangar-7. Step out of Salzburg to go to Zell am See and see Schmittenhohe, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Salzburg vacation planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Schmittenhohe
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Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

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