43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary planner

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 1 night
Ferry
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Capri, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Sorrento, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pompeii, Italy
— 5 nights
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Matera, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Locorotondo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zadar, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome holiday planning app.

Chicago, USA to Rome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: highs in Rome hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Naples, Italy

— 1 night
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, then explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Plebiscito, and finally do sightseeing your way with Adolfo Scotto di Luzio Private Driver.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Naples travel planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Capri, Italy

— 4 nights
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
On the 9th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Belvedere Cannone, stop by Eco Capri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Astarita, and admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Capri trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Naples to Capri in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Capri are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Sorrento.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

Sorrento, Italy

— 4 nights

Land of the Sirens

A lovely town easily accessible from almost anywhere in the country, Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and sits right on the Amalfi Drive.
Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi), Positano (Fornillo, Art & Craft Gallery, &more) and Praiano (Spiaggia della Gavitella & I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Marina Grande - Antico Borgo Marinaro.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sorrento route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Capri to Sorrento takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Sorrento can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pompeii.

Things to do in Sorrento

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Pompeii, Italy

— 5 nights

Underground City

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Venture out of the city with trips to Paestum (Lido Esercito & Paestum Ruins), Amalfi (Valle delle Ferriere & Museo della Carta) and Salerno (Speed Boats Tours & Cilento). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, tour on your own time with CF Noleggio Scooter, admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, and contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pompeii journey website.

Drive from Sorrento to Pompeii in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Pompeii are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Pompeii

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Matera, Italy

— 2 nights

Subterranean City

Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino and then make a trip to Sassi di Matera. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Riserva Naturale Statale Stornara and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Master Wave.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matera tour builder tool.

You can drive from Pompeii to Matera in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Pompeii in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Matera, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Locorotondo.

Things to do in Matera

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Locorotondo, Italy

— 1 night
Locorotondo is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, with a population of about 14,000. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the striking features of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site and then explore the striking landscape at Grotta del Trullo.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Locorotondo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Matera to Locorotondo takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Matera in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Locorotondo, with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Locorotondo

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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 27th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, browse the collection at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, stroll through Zarkovica Animal Shelter, and step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Locorotondo to Dubrovnik takes 10 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Locorotondo in August, with highs in Dubrovnik at 85°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

Zadar, Croatia

— 4 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zadar: Krka National Park (in Skradin), Sibenik (Rak Winery & Archipelago Tours) and Split (Cathedral of Saint Domnius & Wine Tours & Tastings). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) and stop by Natura Zara.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zadar tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Zadar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zadar when traveling from Dubrovnik in August, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zagreb.

Things to do in Zadar

Tours · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, and finally cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zagreb road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Zadar to Zagreb takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Zadar in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Zagreb, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Budapest side-trips: Eger (Kopcsik Marcipania Szamos edessegbolt, Dobo Square, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the exciting artwork at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria), and make a splash at Palatinus Strandfürdő.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Budapest sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

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, and breweries & distilleries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, explore and take pictures at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and walk around Vondelpark.

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

Getting from Budapest to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotterdam: museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen) and The Hague (Sea Life Scheveningen, Vredespaleis, &more). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), stroll around Delftse Hout, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church.

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You can drive from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Island of Capri travel guide

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Caves · Geologic Formations · Gardens
Capri, just 5 km (3 mi) from the mainland of Italy, has been a celebrated vacation spot and a coastal resort since the Roman Republic. Known in Greek mythology as an island favored by the sirens, Capri was a popular leisure destination for numerous Roman emperors. One of the more notorious emperors, Tiberius, built an extravagant villa on the island and allegedly flung visitors who displeased him from the high cliffs of his estate. Escape the swarms of visitors by sightseeing inland. The coastal areas may be known for attractions like beaches and caves carved out of cliffs, but deeper inland are other places to visit, including secluded natural trails and several abandoned forts.

Province of Bari travel guide

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Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in Italy. It is the second most important economic centre of mainland Southern Italy after Naples, a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. The city itself has a population of about 326,799, over 116km2, while the urban area has 700,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million inhabitants.Bari is made up of four different urban sections. To the north is the closely built old town on the peninsula between two modern harbours, with the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Cathedral of San Sabino (1035–1171) and the Hohenstaufen Castle built for Frederick II, which is now also a major nightlife district. To the south is the Murat quarter (erected by Joachim Murat), the modern heart of the city, which is laid out on a rectangular grid-plan with a promenade on the sea and the major shopping district (the via Sparano and via Argiro).Modern residential zones surrounding the centre of Bari were built during the 1960s and 1970s replacing the old suburbs that had developed along roads splaying outwards from gates in the city walls. In addition, the outer suburbs developed rapidly during the 1990s. The city has a redeveloped airport named after Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła Airport, with connections to several European cities.

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