55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

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1
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
4
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
5
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
6
Delphi, Greece
— 3 nights
7
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
8
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
9
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
10
Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
11
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
12
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
13
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
14
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
15
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
16
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and MOOF Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and look for gifts at Planete Chocolat.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Brussels trip builder tool.

Dothan, USA to Brussels is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Dothan in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Brussels: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

5
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Army Museum and Île de la Cité. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Campanile di Giotto and Basilica San Miniato al Monte for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Cappella Brancacci, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday maker tool.

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Florence, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

6
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Cupola di San Pietro. You'll explore and learn at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Welcome to Rome. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 27th (Mon), take a stroll through Plaka, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in December since evenings lows in Athens dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka
Erechtheion ©
Erechtheion

3
nights
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, contemplate the long history of Delphi, and then take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Bread Museum of Amfiklia, thenwitness the site of a historic battle at Hani of Gravia, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Delphi travel planner.

You can drive from Athens to Delphi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in December, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Delphi. You will leave for Tallinn on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bread Museum of Amfiklia, Hani of Gravia, Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Delphi ©
Delphi
Delphi Archaeological Museum ©
Delphi Archaeological Museum
Hani of Gravia ©
Hani of Gravia

1
night
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
On the 31st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, thentake a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and then see the interesting displays at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Delphi to Tallinn. Traveling from Delphi in December, expect Tallinn to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Tallinn

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood ©
Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood
Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik ©
Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a stroll through Sodermalm, take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, thenget engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), thentake an in-depth tour of Medeltidsmuseet, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Monteliusvagen.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm journey planning website.

Getting from Tallinn to Stockholm by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. In December in Stockholm, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Fotografiska Stockholm ©
Fotografiska Stockholm
Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet) ©
Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet)

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): wander the streets of Stroeget and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinitatis Kirke, and finally get lost in a book at Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen travel route planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in January: high temperatures in Copenhagen hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

2
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Dominikanie Gdańsk - Bazylika pw. Świętego Mikołaja | St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), thenget to know the fascinating history of Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka), and finally stop by Galeria Sztuk Roznych Kosycarz&MBeneda. On your second day here, take a stroll through Dlugi Targ Square, thentake a stroll through Old Town, and then contemplate the long history of Brama Wyzynna.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gdansk tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Gdansk takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Copenhagen in January: high temperatures in Gdansk hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 7th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and then see the interesting displays at Krakow Pinball Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, thenlook for gifts at Kacper Ryx Historical Shop, and finally see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Krakow online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gdansk to Krakow in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square
Lost Souls Alley ©
Lost Souls Alley
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

5
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Staromestske namesti and Lobkowicz Palace. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Astronomical Clock. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Lesser Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, take in the views from Charles Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Franz Kafka Monument.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. January in Prague sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace

5
nights
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.
Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to The Hofburg and Albertina. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, examine the collection at MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, and get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vienna travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien ©
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Salzburger Altstadt and Salzburg Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) and Mozarts Geburtshaus. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Petersfriedhof, gain insight at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkirche, and delve into the mystery of Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg itinerary planning app.

Fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim and Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Peter's Church and Burgersaalkirche. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at FC Bayern Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Munich, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Munich can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
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Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst ©
Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim ©
Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and De Nieuwe Kerk. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Body Worlds, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, sample the tasty concoctions at Brouwerij 't IJ, and visit The Jordaan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Amsterdam, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ©
Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) ©
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)

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