52 days in Europe Itinerary

52 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Vaasa, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly to London Heathrow Airport, Drive to London
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London, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
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Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Nazare, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
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Portimao, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 7 nights
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Marseille, France
— 7 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Vaasa, Finland

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Visit Salgrund Pilot Station and Huutoniemen kirkko for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta. Step out of Vaasa with an excursion to Reinon Tupa in Kurikka--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, get outside with Edvinin Taidepuisto Ja Korsukyla, and steep yourself in history at Stromso.

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Brisbane, Australia to Vaasa is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Vaasa, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in September; daily highs in Vaasa reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

London, United Kingdom

— 8 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hampton Court Palace and Buckingham Palace. Get some historical perspective at Bletchley Park and Canterbury Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near London: Windsor Castle (in Windsor), Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm (in Aylesbury) and Prince's Coverts (in Oxshott). And it doesn't end there: stop by Gustamps, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, take in the dramatic natural features at Beachy Head, and don't miss a visit to Leeds Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our London travel route builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vaasa to London. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Vaasa to London. Traveling from Vaasa in September, expect London to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Porto.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 23:

Porto, Portugal

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco and Palacio da Bolsa are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia da Luz and Praia do Ourigo. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Porto route planning tool.

You can fly from London to Porto in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in Porto are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nazare.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Nazare, Portugal

— 1 night
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a tour by water with Atlantic Safaris, then kick back and relax at Praia do Norte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, and finally kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nazare trip planning site.

Getting from Porto to Nazare by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Nazare, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Nazare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

Lisbon, Portugal

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Walking tours. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chiado and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Parque das Nacoes, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

Portimao, Portugal

— 3 nights
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Explore hidden gems such as Ponta da Piedade and Speed Boats Tours. Relax by the water at Praia da Falesia and Praia Dona Ana. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia dos Olhos de Água (in Olhos de Agua) and Praia do Camilo (in Lagos). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia da Marinha, find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, indulge in some personalized pampering at Swan Day Spa, and stroll through Praia Da Rocha.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Portimao tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Lisbon to Portimao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Portimao, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Portimao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Evora, Portugal

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 8th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santo Antao (Evora). On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Portugal, then contemplate the long history of Aqueduto da Agua de Prata, and then contemplate the long history of Muralhas de Evora.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Evora journey planner.

Drive from Portimao to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portimao in October, plan for little chillier nights in Evora, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Barcelona, Spain

— 7 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fenals Beach and Ponent Beach. Head to Passeig de Gracia and La Boqueriafor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Lloret de Mar (Jardines de Santa Clotilde, Lloret Beach, &more), Tossa de Mar (Platja d’es Codolar, Vila Vella (Old Town), &more) and Tarragona (Antic Ajuntament & Anfiteatro de Tarragona). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip site.

Traveling by flight from Evora to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 16:

Marseille, France

— 7 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Head to Rue d'Antibes and La Croisettefor some retail therapy. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes will appeal to history buffs. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Chateau d'Avignon, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more), Plage du Ponteil (in Antibes) and Maison du Riz (in Albaron). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Aiguebelle, stroll through Plage de Cavaliere, and explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planning site.

You can fly from Barcelona to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Marseille when traveling from Barcelona in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 23:

Rome, Italy

— 7 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roman Forum and Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Orvieto (Sant'Andrea, Orvieto, Duomo di Orvieto, &more), Mediterraneo Beach (in Fiumicino) and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Marseille to Rome by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 30:

Portugal travel guide

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Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.