42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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St. Paul's Bay, Malta
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 1 day
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Versailles, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Reims, France
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece — 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 2nd (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Athens trip planning site.

Bengaluru, India to Athens is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in November, expect Athens to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to St. Paul's Bay.
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St. Paul's Bay, Malta — 1 night

Named after the saint who laid the foundations of Christianity on Malta over two millennia ago, St.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stop by Mdina Glass, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, pause for some photo ops at Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosta Rotunda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Co-Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Barrakka Lift. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Buddies Dive Cove, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, then make a trip to Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fort Rinella.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the St. Paul's Bay travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to St. Paul's Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to St. Paul's Bay due to the time zone difference. In November in St. Paul's Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Cupola di San Pietro. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rome tour itinerary planner.

Fly from St. Paul's Bay to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Paul's Bay in November, things will get little chillier in Rome: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a train 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Siena and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Head to Piazza della Repubblica and Wine & Cheese shopfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni), Crete Senesi (in Asciano) and Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza delle Erbe and Palazzo Te. You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Villa Valmarana ai Nani. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Verona (Piazzale Castel San Pietro & Basilica di Santa Anastasia), La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda (in Cittadella) and Poli Museo della Grappa (in Bassano Del Grappa). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, don't miss a visit to Borghetto sul Mincio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and contemplate the long history of Piazza dei Signori.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Venice itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in November, plan for little chillier days in Venice, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 2 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 18th (Fri), engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, identify plant and animal life at Falkenhof Paul Klima, visit Marktstrasse, then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, then admire the landmark architecture of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hofgarten. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim, examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, see the interesting displays at FC Bayern Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then admire the masterpieces at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, and finally examine the collection at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Venice in November, expect Munich to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Wyden Badi, wander the streets of Niederdorf, stop by Confiserie Sprungli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, then examine the collection at Zoological Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Einsiedeln, take in the views from Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Rapperswil, then see the interesting displays at Lindt Home of Chocolate, then browse the different shops at Einkaufszentrum Glatt, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Altstadt Schaffhausen.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 1 day

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise, kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally ponder the design of Fontaine du Soleil.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nice, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Zurich to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in November, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): visit El Born, shop like a local with Mercat Santa Caterina, get engrossed in the history at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then take a stroll through Ciutat Vella, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Vicens.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Barcelona are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): wander the streets of Parque das Nacoes, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, take a stroll through Rua Augusta, explore the world behind art at Museu Colecao Berardo, then admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally take a stroll through Rossio Square.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lisbon road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lisbon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Versailles.
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Versailles, France — 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Espace Bien Etre des Vaux de Cernay and Chateau de la Madeleine. Musee National de Ceramique de Sevres and Salle du Jeu de Paume are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Versailles: Chocolats Colas (in Maule), Tombe de Claude Francois (in Dannemois) and Verrerie d'art (in Soisy-sur-Ecole). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Académie Équestre de Versailles, get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House, don't miss a visit to Le Mont-Valerien French Memorial to Resistance Martyrs, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Notre-Dame de Poissy.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Versailles online tour builder.

You can fly from Lisbon to Versailles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Versailles is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in November; daily highs in Versailles reach 12°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Natural History, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, and finally contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Versailles to Paris in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Paris, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Reims.
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Reims, France — 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Abbaye de Vauclair are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cite du Champagne and Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reims: Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes (in Soissons), Basilique Notre-Dame de l'Epine (in L'Epine) and Hautvillers (Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers & Champagne Joseph Desruets). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Axo'plage, witness the site of a historic battle at Chemin des Dames, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi, and learn about winemaking at Champagne Launois.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Reims journey maker.

Traveling by train from Paris to Reims takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Reims are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, get curious at Body Worlds, then browse the different shops at De Beurspassage, and finally take a stroll through De 9 Straatjes. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, see the interesting displays at Micropia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, then see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, then view the masterpieces at Mark Raven Amsterdam Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip maker site.

Drive from Reims to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, get engrossed in the history at Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, walk around Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, then examine the collection at Stasimuseum, then stop by Rausch Schokoladenhaus, and finally browse the different shops at Die Hackeschen Hoefe. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Palace of Tears, explore the world behind art at Neues Museum, see the interesting displays at Classic Remise Berlin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, then take a stroll through Mitte, and finally browse the different shops at Mall of Berlin.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, 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. You'll set off for Prague on the 7th (Wed).
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Prague, Czech Republic — 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Lobkowicz Palace and Gallery of Steel Figures. Explore hidden gems such as St. Vitus Cathedral and Sedlec Ossuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Prague: Kutna Hora (Dacickeho dum v Kutne Hore & St Barbara's Church). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, contemplate the long history of Powder Tower, and visit Lesser Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Prague holiday planning site.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Budapest.
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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.
Shop till you drop at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) and Central Market Hall. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum and Balazs Folk Art Gallery. Take a break from Budapest with a short trip to Hubay House - Christmas Exhibition and Salon in Szentendre, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, enjoy the sand and surf at Roman Beach, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Budapest online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Malta travel guide

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Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.
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