45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Dublin, Ireland
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid online trip itinerary maker.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Madrid is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Madrid is 5 hours. Traveling from San Juan in January, expect Madrid to be cooler, temps between 12°C and 2°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Porto, Portugal

— 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Porto. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Porto hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

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.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Porto to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Barcelona

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

Lugano, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Titlis (in Engelberg) and Castelli di Bellinzona (in Bellinzona). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Giorgio, admire the masterpieces at Museo del Trasparente, look for gifts at Inperfetta Vintage, and relax and rejuvenate at Splash & Spa Tamaro.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Lugano road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Barcelona to Lugano takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect Lugano to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, and then relax and rejuvenate at Vernazza Massage and Reflexology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Ponte Thaon di Revel, walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Santuario Nostra Signora delle Grazie.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Cinque Terre takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lugano in January; daily highs in Cinque Terre reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cycladic Art, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cinque Terre to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cinque Terre in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Athens, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, and then look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner.

Fly from Athens to Goreme in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Goreme due to the time zone difference. In February, Goreme is slightly colder than Athens - with highs of 12°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in February, Istanbul is much hotter at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally hit the slopes at Vitosha Mountain.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia road trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Sofia in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in February, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Sofia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Budapest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Budapest online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sofia in February, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Vienna, Austria

— 2 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Albertina, see the interesting displays at The Hofburg, then admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, and finally make a trip to Heldenplatz.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vienna day trip planning app.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stop by Lesser Town, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Maisel Synagogue, and finally take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague tour itinerary maker app.

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin route site.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Christiansborg Slot, take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, and then take a stroll through Stroeget. Keep things going the next day: see Bar & Club Tours, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, then step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip planner.

Getting from Berlin to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. February in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

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.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and admire all the interesting features of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around St Stephens Green, then take an in-depth tour of National Print Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Dublin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Dublin are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:

Madrid, Spain

— 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Plaza Mayor and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dublin to Madrid in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in March, expect Madrid to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.