39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Fira, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
8
Munich, Germany
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
10
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
11
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
12
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
13
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
14
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
15
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, then explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, and finally contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planning app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in April: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Holy Blood and Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal). Take a break from Bruges with a short trip to Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, examine the collection at Kantcentrum, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges travel website .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ghent
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Goethe House, admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), make a trip to Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Liebfrauen, Frankfurt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Johanniskirche, and finally get great views at Main Tower.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Frankfurt journey maker.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Frankfurt takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In April in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:
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Goethe House ©
Goethe House
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Visit Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, make a trip to Roman Forum, wander the streets of Trastevere, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online holiday builder .

Getting from Frankfurt to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in April; daily highs in Rome reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Plaka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Glyfada Beach and Loutraki Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring (in Loutra Elenis), Corinth Canal (in Corinth) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Athens travel app .

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Athens, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Orea Eleni Natural Thermal Spring, Corinth Canal, Archaeological Site Mycenae, Loutraki Beach
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:
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Plaka ©
Plaka
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

5
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Naval Maritime Museum and Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri and Artemis Karamolegos Winery. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Perissa Black Sand Beach, and explore the world behind art at Lignos Folklore Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Fira trip app .

Getting from Athens to Fira by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Kamari Beach, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Find places to stay May 4 — 9:
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Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

1
night
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, then stop by Monastiraki, and then look for gifts at Old Orient Jewelry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Byzantine and Christian Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, and finally examine the collection at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Athens online visit planner .

You can fly from Fira to Athens in 3.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
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Ancient Agora of Athens ©
Ancient Agora of Athens
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

6
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek. Munich Residenz and BMW Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Nuremberg (Tucher Altes Sudhaus, Kaiserburg Nurnberg, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Neue Pinakothek, wander the streets of Haidhausen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Munich day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Munich takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in May, with highs in Munich at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nuremberg
Find places to stay May 10 — 16:
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Galerie Wydi and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Weissenau Castle, explore the ancient world of Unspunnen Castle, make a trip to Rothenfluh Ruins, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Munich to Interlaken takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Interlaken

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Unspunnen Castle ©
Unspunnen Castle
Rothenfluh Ruins ©
Rothenfluh Ruins
Galerie Wydi ©
Galerie Wydi

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Museum-lovers will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Casa di Giulietta. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Arena di Verona, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, visit Cannaregio, and contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice attractions site .

You can drive from Interlaken to Venice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in May: high temperatures in Venice hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Verona
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Get some historical perspective at The Baptistery of St. John and Campanile di Giotto. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero delle Porte Sante, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and examine the collection at Casa Museo Rodolfo Siviero.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Florence holiday planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Milan online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church and Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Get some cultural insight at Borgo Storico di Corniglia and Terra di Bargon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cinque Terre: Genoa (Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Di San Pietro, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Milan to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Genoa
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
Chiesa di San Lorenzo ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip planning site .

Getting from Cinque Terre to Marseille by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museum Van Loon, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, expect Amsterdam to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Willet-Holthuysen Museum ©
Willet-Holthuysen Museum
Museum Van Loon ©
Museum Van Loon
Heineken Experience ©
Heineken Experience

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