45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 6 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Gibraltar, Gibraltar
— 1 night
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Ronda, Spain
— 1 night
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Granada, Spain
— 3 nights
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Cordoba, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
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Bayonne, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Saint-Emilion, France
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La Rochelle, France
— 1 night
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Carnac, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
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Tours, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Porto, Portugal — 6 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Dedicate the 16th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and shop like a local with Livraria Lello.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Porto day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Porto is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Porto, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Porto, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 20th (Sat), you're off to Lisbon.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Quinta da Regaleira about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in May, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 3 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Seville is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Plaza de España, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, take a stroll through Barrio Santa Cruz, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seville sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Seville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. May in Seville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gibraltar.
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Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Gibraltar, Gibraltar — 1 night

The Rock

A vacation in Gibraltar reveals a strategically important area the ancient Greeks considered the edge of the known world.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Upper Rock Nature Reserve, enjoy the sea views from Europa Point, then stroll through The Rock of Gibraltar, then make a trip to Grand Casemates Square, and finally sample the fine beverages at Gibraltar Distillery. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Main Street, Head underground at St. Michael's Cave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Apes Den.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gibraltar road trip planning website.

Getting from Seville to Gibraltar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Seville in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gibraltar: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ronda.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Ronda, Spain — 1 night

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Before you visit Ronda, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Gibraltar to Ronda in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gibraltar in May, expect nights in Ronda to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. You will leave for Granada on the 28th (Sun).
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Granada, Spain — 3 nights

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Nerja (Art Gallery Alkimia, Fundación Cueva de Nerja, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Alhambra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Chapel of Granada, wander the streets of Albayzin, and admire the striking features of Generalife.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ronda to Granada in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will leave for Cordoba on the 31st (Wed).
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Cordoba, Spain — 2 nights

Pearl of Muslim Spain

Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 31st (Wed), make a trip to Historic Centre of Cordoba, then take an in-depth tour of Calahorra Tower, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Palacio de Viana, visit Jewish Quarter (Juderia), then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cordoba trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Granada to Cordoba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train 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: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and make a trip to Plaza de Oriente.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Madrid takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Santiago de Compostela.
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain — 2 nights

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 5th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Portico de la Gloria, contemplate the long history of Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela, don't miss a visit to Palacio de Raxoi, then make a trip to Plaza del Obradoiro, and finally make a trip to Hostal dos Reis Católicos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): stroll around Parque de la Alameda, make a trip to Santiago de Compostela. Casco Historico, steep yourself in history at Praza da Inmaculada, then don't miss a visit to Botafumeiro, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santiago de Compostela road trip planner.

You can fly from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June, Santiago de Compostela is slightly colder than Madrid - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Bilbao.
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Bilbao, Spain — 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Bilbao is known for museums, fun & games, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas, catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, and make a trip to Taberna Plaza Nueva.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bilbao trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Santiago de Compostela to Bilbao takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 10th (Sat), kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arteuparte.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayonne.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Bayonne, France — 2 nights

Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Basque Museum (Musee Basque) and then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Eglise Saint-Andre, don't miss a visit to Rocher de la Vierge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium de Biarritz, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Bayonne tour site.

Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bayonne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Bayonne are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to The Water Mirror, and examine the collection at La Cite du Vin.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bayonne to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Emilion.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:

Saint-Emilion, France

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Laniote, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Emilion attractions tool.

Drive from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle, France — 1 night

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Rochelle holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Emilion in June, plan for little chillier days in La Rochelle, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. You'll set off for Carnac on the 17th (Sat).
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Carnac, France — 1 night

Carnac is a commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany in the Morbihan department in north-western France.Its inhabitants are called Carnacois in French. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): go for a walk through Pointe du Conguel, make a trip to Dolmens de Mane Kerioned, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Cornely, then take an unorthodox tour of Carnac stones, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de Prehistoire.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carnac vacation builder tool.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Carnac in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Carnac. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo, France — 1 night

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, don't miss a visit to Porte Saint Vincent, then don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and finally kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon.

Plan my day in Saint-Malo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Carnac to Saint-Malo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tours.
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Tours, France — 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 19th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Musee du Compagnonnage, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and then admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique de Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tours holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Tours takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Saint-Malo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tours, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, visit Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Tours to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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