30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Anchorage, United States
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Stonehaven, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Arisaig, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Tobermory, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Glasgow, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
11
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
12
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
13
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
End: Anchorage, United States

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne. Chateau of Vincennes and Hotel de Ville will appeal to history buffs. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Parc Xtrem Aventures Cergy in Cergy, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres, stroll around Parc du Champ de Mars, and take in the views from Pont-Neuf.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder site .

Anchorage, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Central European Time (CET) is 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Anchorage in August: highs in Paris hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne, Chateau of Vincennes, Aisne Marne American Cemetery, Parc Xtrem Aventures Cergy
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Musee des Arts Forains ©
Musee des Arts Forains
Aisne Marne American Cemetery ©
Aisne Marne American Cemetery
Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne ©
Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a stroll through Mercatorplein and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand van Castricum. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, step into the grandiose world of Muiderslot, contemplate the long history of Huis Doorn, then identify plant and animal life at Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen, and finally take a stroll through Thorbeckeplein.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen, Grote Kerk, Muiderslot, Huis Doorn, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
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Muiderslot ©
Muiderslot
Huis Doorn ©
Huis Doorn
Sint Janskerk ©
Sint Janskerk

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Rosslyn Castle and Kellie Castle & Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dalhousie Castle Falconry and The Hermitage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edinburgh: Dunkeld (Dunkeld Cathedral & Ossian's Hall), The Royal Burgh of Culross (in Culross) and Dunfermline Abbey and Palace (in Dunfermline). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Scott's View, steep yourself in history at Gladstone's Land, step into the grandiose world of Lauriston Castle, and tee off at Kingsbarns Golf Links.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh journey tool .

Getting from Amsterdam to Edinburgh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Edinburgh due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect Edinburgh to be a bit cooler, temps between 65°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Stonehaven.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dunkeld, North Berwick, Blackness Castle, Dalhousie Castle Falconry, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
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Dalhousie Castle Falconry ©
Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Rosslyn Castle ©
Rosslyn Castle
Scott's View ©
Scott's View

1
night
Stonehaven, United Kingdom

Stonehaven ©
Stonehaven is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cowie Chapel, St Mary of the Storms, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of St James the Great, make a trip to Stonehaven Clock Tower, take an in-depth tour of Stonehaven Tollbooth Musuem, then appreciate the history behind The Burns Memorial garden, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Scallywags Soft Play Centre.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Stonehaven trip maker site .

You can take a train from Edinburgh to Stonehaven in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Stonehaven

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Scolty Hill
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The Church of St James the Great ©
The Church of St James the Great
Dunnottar Woods ©
Dunnottar Woods
Scolty Hill ©
Scolty Hill

3
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Step out of the city life by going to Divach Falls and Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Get some historical perspective at Ballindalloch Castle and Glen Strathfarrar. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Aviemore (Aviemore Ring Cairn & Stone Circle & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Ruthven Barracks (in Newtonmore) and Rogie Falls (in Contin). There's lots more to do: tee off at Fairways Loch Ness Golf Course, witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, and make a trip to Inverness Castle Viewpoint.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness vacation planner.

You can drive from Stonehaven to Inverness in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Inverness sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Arisaig.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beauly, Aviemore, Tollie Red Kites, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Black Isle Brewery
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Ruthven Barracks ©
Ruthven Barracks
Beauly Priory ©
Beauly Priory
Ballindalloch Castle ©
Ballindalloch Castle

1
night
Arisaig, United Kingdom

Arisaig ©
Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. On the 2nd (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Maelrubha's Chapel, stop by Ardshealach Smokehouse & Fine Foods, then see the interesting displays at Land Sea and Islands Centre, and finally play a few rounds at Traigh Golf Course.

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

You can drive from Inverness to Arisaig in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for Tobermory.

Things to do in Arisaig

Outdoors Golf Trails

Side Trip

Glenuig
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Traigh Golf Course ©
Traigh Golf Course
Maelrubha's Chapel ©
Maelrubha's Chapel
Land Sea and Islands Centre ©
Land Sea and Islands Centre

1
night
Tobermory, United Kingdom

Tobermory ©
Tobermory is the capital of, and the only burgh on, the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. On the 3rd (Thu), get outside with Loch na Keal and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eas Fors.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tobermory trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Arisaig to Tobermory in 3 hours. In September in Tobermory, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Glasgow.

Things to do in Tobermory

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Loch na Keal, Eas Fors Waterfall
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Loch na Keal ©
Loch na Keal
Eas Fors Waterfall ©
Eas Fors Waterfall

2
nights
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow ©
Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is known for its cultural heritage and the friendliness of its people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the striking features of Trades Hall of Glasgow, admire the masterpieces at Hunterian Art Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dumyat Path, witness the site of a historic battle at Stirling Bridge, then learn about all things military at Argyll Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel Royal. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Piping, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Govan Old Parish Church, sample the fine beverages at The Clydeside Distillery, pause for some serene contemplation at Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, then gain insight at Glasgow Central Mosque, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glasgow trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tobermory to Glasgow by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Glasgow can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Glasgow

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Stirling, Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church
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Hunterian Art Gallery ©
Hunterian Art Gallery
Stirling Bridge ©
Stirling Bridge
Chapel Royal ©
Chapel Royal

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de St-Germain, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Malmaison, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, then contemplate the long history of Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste de Belleville, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Breteuil, then don't miss a visit to France Miniature, then stroll around Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, and finally delve into the distant past at Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planning site .

Getting from Glasgow to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from Glasgow in September, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 70°F and lows about 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Tue) before leaving for Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Senlis, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, Chateau de Malmaison, Chateau de St-Germain
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Chateau de Malmaison ©
Chateau de Malmaison
Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours ©
Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours
Chateau de Breteuil ©
Chateau de Breteuil

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna and then see the interesting displays at Complesso del Vittoriano. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Prassede, delve into the distant past at Foro di Cesare, then appreciate the history behind Trajan's Column, then ponder the world of politics at Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale), and finally get engrossed in the history at Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip builder .

You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Rome is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Rieti, Civita Castellana Cathedral, Santuario Francescano del Presepe, Bunker Soratte
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Vatican Necropolis ©
Vatican Necropolis
Bunker Soratte ©
Bunker Soratte
Santuario di Fonte Colombo ©
Santuario di Fonte Colombo

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Florence American Cemetery and Memorial and Torre e Casa Campatelli. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Volterra (Palazzo dei Priori, Piazza dei Priori, & more) and San Gimignano (Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, Duomo di San Gimignano, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, take in nature's colorful creations at Giardino Bardini, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Maggiore, and take an in-depth tour of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Volterra, Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Piazza della Cisterna ©
Piazza della Cisterna

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo and then wander the streets of Santa Croce. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zulian (Giuliano), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Zaccaria, then admire the masterpieces at Punta della Dogana, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio (Zobenigo).

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo ©
Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo
Chiesa di San Salvador ©
Chiesa di San Salvador

1
night
Paris, France

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquée de Paris.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in September, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Parc de L'ile Saint Germain, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Grande Mosquée de Paris ©
Grande Mosquée de Paris
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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