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

Amsterdam ©
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 Het Reestdal. Anne Frank House and Begijnhof are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Strand Egmond aan Zee (in Egmond aan Zee), Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bruges.

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Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
days
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
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, you can read our Bruges trip 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. In May in Bruges, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brussels.

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Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Serres Royales De Laeken are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Citadel of Namur and St Michael's Bridge. Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Mechelen to see Planckendael about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, make a trip to Atomium, and contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs d'Ixelles.

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Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

St Michael's Bridge, Planckendael, Citadel of Namur
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

9
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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). 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 Catacombs of Paris, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Fenals Beach and La Barceloneta. Explore hidden gems such as Lloret Beach and Anfiteatro de Tarragona. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Playa de la Pineda (in La Pineda) and La Playa de Sitges (in Sitges). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Casa Batlló, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant Pau del Camp, admire the landmark architecture of El Cafè de la Pedrera, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paris in May since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 17°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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.
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.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Venice sightseeing tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
days
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ljubljana Old Town and Ljubljana Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Bled and Triglav National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ljubljana: Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) (in Bled) and Waterfall Savica (in Bohinjsko Jezero). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ljubljana trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Venice to Ljubljana in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in June: high temperatures in Ljubljana hover around 28°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
days
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
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.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre
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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Cascades ©
Cascades
Sastavci ©
Sastavci

1
day
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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 see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik travel planning website .

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

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Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Stradun ©
Stradun

3
days
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.
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. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, and explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Budapest takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. 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 Parks Nature

Side Trip

Priest's Island (Pap-sziget)
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
St. Stephen's Basilica ©
St. Stephen's Basilica
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
days
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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 find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. June in Vienna sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. 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

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

3
days
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
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 Salzburg Cathedral (Dom). Explore hidden gems such as Schmittenhohe and Petersfriedhof. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Hellbrunn, see the interesting displays at Hangar-7, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkirche.

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You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Salzburg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Schmittenhohe
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

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