42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly to Mikonos Airport, Drive to Elia
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Elia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive to Mikonos Airport, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bolzano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Menaggio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Friedrichshafen, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Athens online route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Athens is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Athens, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Elia.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Elia, Greece — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Agrari Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Super Paradise Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elia Beach and then learn about winemaking at Mykonos Vioma Organic Farm.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Elia route builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athens to Elia. In April, daytime highs in Elia are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.
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Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 22nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Cupola di San Pietro, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and finally have fun and explore at Welcome To Rome. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Elia to Rome with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Elia to Rome. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Elia in April since evenings lows in Rome dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, admire the striking features of Cappelle Medicee, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip maker tool.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Florence sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Venice.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice driving holiday site.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Bolzano.
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Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

Bolzano, Italy — 2 nights

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Duomo Maria Assunta, make a trip to Via Argentieri, get engrossed in the history at South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, stop by Il Maso dello Speck, then get engrossed in the history at BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Walther. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Messner Mountain Museum MMM Firmian, then get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico, then take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff, and finally hike along Tappeiner Promenade.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bolzano travel route site.

Drive from Venice to Bolzano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Menaggio.
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Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Menaggio, Italy — 2 nights

Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Carlotta, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Carlo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Marta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, and finally take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Menaggio travel planning site.

You can drive from Bolzano to Menaggio in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Grindelwald.
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Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

Discover how to plan a Grindelwald trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Menaggio to Grindelwald takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.
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Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 night

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken road trip tool.

Interlaken is very close to Grindelwald. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off to Lucerne.
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Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then ponder the design of Fontaine du Banneret, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 4th (Thu), look for gifts at Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Friedrichshafen.
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Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

Friedrichshafen, Germany — 3 nights

Reborn after World War II, the town of Friedrichshafen along the shores of Lake Constance feels deeply connected to its natural environment.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fussen (Benediktinerkloster St. Mang & Altstadt von Fuessen), Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Mainau, see the interesting displays at Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen, take an in-depth tour of Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Friedrichshafen.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Friedrichshafen online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Friedrichshafen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Friedrichshafen are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Grote Markt (in Haarlem) and Keukenhof (in Lisse). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, walk around Vondelpark, and examine the collection at Anne Frank House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam route planning tool.

You can drive from Friedrichshafen to Amsterdam in 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.
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Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 12th (Fri), make a trip to East Side Gallery, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, and finally examine the collection at Topography of Terror.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Prague.
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Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Petřín, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel svatého Jiljí, then don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally stop by Lesser Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, make a trip to Staromestske namesti, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Prague road trip planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Vienna.
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Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Vienna, Austria — 4 nights

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, find something for the whole family at Prater, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Hundertwasserhaus.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Budapest.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, then contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank, then contemplate the long history of Heroes' Square, and finally take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Budapest online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , explore the galleries of Galata Tower, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Istanbul travel planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul is 2 hours. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay May 22 — 27:

Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Mykonos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Nightlife
Island of the Winds
Local tradition claims that Mykonos, the trendiest of the Cyclades group of islands, came into existence from the petrified bodies of giants killed by the mythological hero Hercules. Named after the grandson of the god Apollo, this cosmopolitan "Ibiza of Greece" offers modern tourists a blend of glamour and simplicity. Be prepared for hip and loud dance clubs along the coastline and quieter areas farther from the water. Avoid cruise ship crowds thronging the narrow streets by exploring the small villages located in the center of the island. The easiest way to discover the island's golden beaches is by guided boat tour, private car, or motorcycle.
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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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