47 days in Europe Itinerary

47 days in Europe Itinerary

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47 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Abilene, United States
Fly:  18 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
9
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
10
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Abilene, United States

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Cheltenham Minster (in Cheltenham), Cotswold Archery (in Moreton-in-Marsh) and Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, and admire the masterpieces at Victoria and Albert Museum.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the London route planning website .

Abilene, USA to London is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Abilene to London. Traveling from Abilene in June, you will find days in London are colder (68°F), and nights are little chillier (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cotswolds Distillery, Cheltenham Minster, Cotswold Archery
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:
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Cotswold Archery ©
Cotswold Archery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris online travel route planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 2:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plage noire du Langoustier (in Hyeres), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Cassis). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marseille travel planner.

Getting from Paris to Marseille by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 88°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Plage noire du Langoustier, Scuba & Snorkeling, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes

5
nights
Nice, France

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Les Murs Peints & Lérins Islands) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Marineland, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, don't miss a visit to Le Nomade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in July, you will find days in Nice are a bit cooler (81°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, Massif de l'Esterel
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:
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Food Tours
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Ravello (Duomo di Ravello & Villa Rufolo), Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Cloister del Paradiso) and Positano (Fornillo, Il Sentiero Degli Dei, &more). There's more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour and kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples day trip planning app .

Fly from Nice to Naples in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nice in July: highs in Naples hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori, Speed Boats Tours
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Speed Boats Tours
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take a stroll through Trastevere, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rome online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

Plan trip to Florence with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:
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Food Tours
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Arena di Verona (in Verona) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take a tour by water with Like a Venetian, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Scrovegni Chapel, Arena di Verona
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
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Like a Venetian ©
Like a Venetian
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt tour planner.

You can drive from Venice to Zermatt in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Aletsch Glacier
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Interlaken (Seilpark Interlaken, Speed Boats Tours, &more), Aare River (in Bern) and Zurich (Lake Zurich & Fraumünster Church). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lucerne in 4 hours. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Interlaken, Zurich, Jungfraujoch, Aare River
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Change things up with a short trip to Glasgow Tigers Speedway in Glasgow (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, have some family-friendly fun at Great Away Days, steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh online tour builder .

You can fly from Lucerne to Edinburgh in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lucerne to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lucerne in August, things will get slightly colder in Edinburgh: highs are around 65°F and lows about 49°F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Glasgow Tigers Speedway
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:
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Glasgow Tigers Speedway ©
Glasgow Tigers Speedway
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

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