30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
New York City, United States

3
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Brouwersgracht. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum). Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

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New York City, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Amsterdam. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 56°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
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Van Gogh Museum

3
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Your inner history buff will appreciate Serres Royales De Laeken and Maison d'Erasme. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, explore the world behind art at Rene Magritte House Museum, browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and make a trip to Atomium.

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You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites
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3
days
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.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee Rodin, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Paris sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Matthias Church and then make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion.

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You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Istanbul.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
House of Terror Museum ©
House of Terror Museum

2
days
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum.

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You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in April, with lows around 46°F. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
days
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.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St Mark's Campanile and Ponte dei Sospiri. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, explore the activities along Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

3
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Siena Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uffizi Galleries and Basilica di Santa Croce. Change things up with a short trip to Piazza del Campo in Siena (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and make a trip to Piazza della Signoria.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vatican Museums and Palatine Hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Peter's Basilica and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 26th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila "La Pedrera", then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

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Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lisbon.

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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

3
days
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Park and National Palace of Pena and Alfama. Popular historic sites such as Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Lisbon are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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