56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  30​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h
12
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Get some historical perspective at Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. You'll explore and learn at Belvedere Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Venture out of the city with trips to Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein), Wehrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt (in Weissenkirchen) and Burgerspitalkirche St. Philipp & Jakob (in Krems an der Donau). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Karlskirche, make a trip to Peterskirche, and explore the world behind art at KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Vienna is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Vienna is minus 11 hours. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Vienna: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Burgruine Duernstein, Burgerspitalkirche St. Philipp & Jakob, Wehrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt, Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Ca' d'Oro. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza San Marco and St Mark's Campanile. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Vicenza to see Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Venice route website .

Getting from Vienna to Venice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Museo Nazionale del Bargello will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Camposanto), Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano (in Bologna) and Chiusdino (Abbazia di San Galgano & Eremo di Montesiepi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Chiusdino, Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano
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Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Pantheon and Duomo di Orvieto will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Lante (in Bagnaia) and Pozzo di San Patrizio (in Orvieto). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Orvieto, Vatican City, Villa Lante
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
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Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then take a stroll through El Born, then wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

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You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at Royal Palace of Madrid and The Walls of Avila. Popular historic sites such as Alcazar of Segovia and Catedral de Segovia are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Madrid route builder app .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Barcelona in May since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Segovia, The Walls of Avila
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Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Batalha Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Capelas Imperfeitas (in Batalha), Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Quinta da Regaleira). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, don't miss a visit to Parque das Nacoes, wander the streets of Alfama, and take an in-depth tour of Igreja de Sao Roque.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour planning site .

Fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. In May in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora, Batalha, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty. Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Wicklow Mountains National Park will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Ballyheigue Beach (in Ballyheigue). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle, and don't miss a visit to The Spire.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin itinerary website .

You can fly from Lisbon to Dublin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in May: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ballyheigue Beach, Curracloe Beach, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum ©

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Gallery and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Museum-lovers will appreciate Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Modern. Step out of London with an excursion to Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, take an in-depth tour of Imperial War Museums, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the London day trip planning website .

Fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in London are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oxford
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms

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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Army Museum and Chateau de Chantilly. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Chateau de Maintenon (in Maintenon). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, wander the streets of Montmartre, and explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris attractions app .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. When traveling from London in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Maintenon, Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Chantilly
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (The Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain & Historic Centre of Brugge) and Rubens House (Rubenshuis) (in Antwerp). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Atomium, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brussels travel route planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bruges, Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Step off the beaten path and head to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Kinderdijk to see World Heritage Kinderdijk about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, and explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Keukenhof
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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