50 days in Europe Itinerary

50 days in Europe Itinerary

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50 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 45​min
6
York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
11
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
14
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
15
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Galerija 11/07/95 and then get engrossed in the history at War Childhood Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Bascarsija, then take an in-depth tour of Svrzo House, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo day trip site .

Istanbul, Turkey to Sarajevo is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Sarajevo. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in August since evenings lows in Sarajevo dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Museums Historic Sites
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Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Galerija 11/07/95 ©
Galerija 11/07/95

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich attractions planner.

You can fly from Sarajevo to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sarajevo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
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.
Grand Place and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, and steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Brussels in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Zurich in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Brussels, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Saint Bavo's Cathedral and Historic Centre of Brugge. Groeningemuseum and Friet Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Ghent to see Gravensteen about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, examine the collection at Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal), don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges travel route planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Jordaan and Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, and see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

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You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to York.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at York Bird of Prey Centre, then delve into the distant past at York City Walls, then contemplate the long history of York Minster, and finally see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum. On your second day here, admire the striking features of York Shambles, then examine the collection at York Castle Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Fountains Abbey.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the York trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Amsterdam to York in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in York can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

York Bird of Prey Centre, Fountains Abbey
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York City Walls ©
York City Walls
Fountains Abbey ©
Fountains Abbey
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Churchill War Rooms and St. Paul's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Westminster Abbey and National Gallery. When in London, make a side trip to see Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton, approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, see the interesting displays at The British Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Banqueting House, and steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read London route maker app .

Traveling by train from York to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cotswolds Distillery
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris travel app .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela dos Ossos and Park and National Palace of Pena. Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Carmo Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Castelo dos Mouros). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Alfama, don't miss a visit to Rossio Square, and contemplate the long history of Belém Tower.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to Lisbon. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 35°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Capela dos Ossos
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcazar de Segovia and Catedral Primada. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo in Toledo, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and explore the activities along Retiro Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid day trip planning app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect nights in Madrid to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Alcazar de Segovia
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vila Vella (Old Town) and El Barri Gòtic. You'll explore and learn at Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Step out of Barcelona with an excursion to Platja Fonda in Begur--about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and examine the collection at Museo Picasso.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona holiday maker website .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Platja Fonda, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get outdoors at Plage de Sylvabelle and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Jean Blanc. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Swim with Dolphins (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Aiguebelle.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nice are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, La Croix-Valmer, Plage de l'Escalet, Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs
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Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Piazza della Signoria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Duomo di Siena & Piazza del Campo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in September since evenings lows in Florence dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

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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.
Duomo di Orvieto and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Palatine Hill. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of Hephaestus and Acropolis Museum. Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and make a trip to Erechtheion.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens route builder site .

Getting from Rome to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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