45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
10
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Mumbai, India

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. Pantheon and Church of St. Louis of the French are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Museo Palazzo Doebbing (in Sutri), Castello Orsini-Odescalchi (in Bracciano) and Cimina Dolciaria (in Capranica). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, take in the exciting artwork at I Colori di Dentro di Maria Grazia Luffarelli, shop like a local with ALEFBET, and browse the exhibits of Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Rome is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Rome is minus 4 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in April; daily highs in Rome reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cimina Dolciaria, Museo Palazzo Doebbing, Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Duomo and Campanile di Giotto. Piazza della Signoria and Museo Nazionale del Bargello will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and tour or see a show at Palazzo Strozzi.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3
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.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Plaça de Sant Felip Neri for their historical value. Do your shopping at La Boqueria and Opera Lounge. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, make a trip to Casa Batllo, and view the masterpieces at Carre d'Artistes.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip tool.

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Barcelona are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do your shopping at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Ana Romero Flagship Store. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Batalha Monastery. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Monastery of Alcobaca in Alcobaca, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get engrossed in the history at Igreja de Sao Roque, see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon driving holiday planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

National Coach Museum, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Monastery of Alcobaca, Batalha Monastery
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Eglise Saint-Godard, Historial Jeanne d’Arc, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in April: high temperatures in Paris hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rouen
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Cathedral of Our Lady. Appreciate the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Antwerp (Cogels Osylei, Rubens House (Rubenshuis), &more). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, take a stroll through Lower Town, stop by Planete Chocolat, and see the interesting displays at MOOF Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels visit planner.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Antwerp, Dijlepad
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Discover out-of-the-way places like The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Body Worlds. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Hague (Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, see the interesting displays at Micropia, and contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip tool.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

The Hague
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The War Poets. Visit Edinburgh Old Town and The Real Mary King's Close for their historical value. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse, stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirkyard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Inchcolm Abbey and Island.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh day trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in May, expect Edinburgh to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
Palace of Holyroodhouse ©
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Staromestske namesti and Prague Castle. Head to Gallery of Steel Figures and Narodni Galerie Prahafor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Prague takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Prague. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in May: highs in Prague hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Belvedere Palace and Heeresgeschichtliches Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Melk Abbey and Ringstrasse. Take a break from Vienna with a short trip to Wachau Valley in Joching, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at The Third Man Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Augustinerkirche, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vienna trip site.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Vienna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Wachau Valley, Melk Abbey
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue. Shop till you drop at Andrassy Avenue and Virag Judit Galllery and Auction House. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, do a tasting at Faust Wine Cellar, and contemplate the long history of Matthias Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planner.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Kapali Carsi and Jennifer's Hamamfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take a stroll through Beyoglu, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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