42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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 landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

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

Medina, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Medina in October, you will find days in Istanbul are cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Budapest.
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in October: highs in Budapest hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.
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Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Prague, Czech Republic — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Staromestske namesti, take in nature's colorful creations at The Vrtba Garden, then take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and walk around Vondelpark.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Groeningemuseum, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the galleries of Atomium, and see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November in Brussels, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and don't miss a visit to Belém Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon road trip website.

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in November; daily highs in Lisbon reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid holiday planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in November, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Barcelona, Spain — 3 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.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, get to know the fascinating history of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), and admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Barcelona vacation maker website.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Venice.
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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Venice, Italy — 2 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 24th (Thu), make a trip to Dorsoduro, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. On your second day here, explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Venice holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Barcelona in November: high temperatures in Venice hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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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.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Florence, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.
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Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Rome sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:

Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, admire the natural beauty at National Garden, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Athens day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. Traveling from Rome in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 9°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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