56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Mulhouse, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Pantheon. Kids will enjoy Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Palatine Hill. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome trip builder.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Rome is 4 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect Rome to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Cinque Terre.

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Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Borgo Storico di Manarola and Parrocchia Santuario Nostra Signora delle Grazie. Get outdoors at 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cinque Terre: Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi (in Genoa), Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante) and Ponte Thaon di Revel (in La Spezia).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

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Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Piazza del Duomo. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.

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Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
On the 12th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Venice planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kaiserburg Nurnberg and St. Lorenz Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Albrecht Durer's House and Asamkirche. Go for a jaunt from Munich to Nuremberg to see Frauenkirche about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Glyptothek.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in December; daily highs in Munich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

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Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Staromestske namesti and Prague Astronomical Clock. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Vitus Cathedral and Lobkowicz Palace. Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, contemplate the long history of Powder Tower, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Prague visit app.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cologne.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 23rd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Andreas Kirche, then contemplate the waterfront views at River Rhine, and then get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Cologne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum and then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the world behind art at De Nieuwe Kerk, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bruges.

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Bruges, Belgium

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kids will enjoy The Markt and Minnewater Lake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges.

Plan trip to Bruges with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
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Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Pairi Daiza. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Atomium, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and get a sense of history and politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice).

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

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Evasion Canine in Fontainebleau, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.

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Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Centre-ville de Strasbourg. Kids will appreciate attractions like Palais de Rohan and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile. Go for a jaunt from Strasbourg to Ebersmunster to see Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of La Petite France, get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, see the interesting displays at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, and don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg tour planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Colmar, France

— 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kaysersberg, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Station Du Lac-Blanc, and then fly down the slopes at La Bresse-Hohneck - ski resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, take a stroll through Little Venice, and then don't miss a visit to Old Town.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip planning app.

Getting from Strasbourg to Colmar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Colmar are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Colmar

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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Mulhouse, France

— 1 night
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mulhouse online tour planner.

Drive from Colmar to Mulhouse in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Mulhouse sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums · Historic Sites

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Lyon, France

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Colline de Fourviere. Vieux Lyon and Institut & Musee Lumiere are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Station Autrans-Meaudre en Vercors (in Meaudre) and Parcours Aventure (in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder.

You can fly from Mulhouse to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Barcelona.

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Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Visit Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic for their historical value. Kids will appreciate attractions like Casa Batllo and Barcelona Cathedral. Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Platja d'Aro) and Sant Jeroni (in Montserrat). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, and admire the striking features of Casa Amatller.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Barcelona online trip builder.

You can fly from Lyon to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

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Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace of Madrid. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (in San Lorenzo de El Escorial) and Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum & Catedral Primada). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planning tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect Madrid to be slightly colder, temps between 12°C and 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

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