45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Kavadarci, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kids will enjoy Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, ponder the design of Magic Fountain (Font Magica), and admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Barcelona road trip app .

Melbourne, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. You'll set off for Seville on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

4
nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
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.
Pack the 16th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Isla Magica. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Plaza de España, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Giralda, and walk around Parque de Maria Luisa.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seville tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Barcelona, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Seville, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Seville

Theme Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Isla Magica ©
Isla Magica
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Belém Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lisbon road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Seville to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Seville to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seville in June, plan for little chillier days in Lisbon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Coco Beach, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Nice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Nice, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lisbon, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Disneyland Paris. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday planner.

Fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in June, plan for little chillier nights in Paris, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Jardin d'Acclimatation ©
Jardin d'Acclimatation

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Bring the kids along to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa--about 1h 35 min away. Dedicate the 7th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence day trip planning website .

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Florence, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Positano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

3
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Attractions like Fornillo and Bagni d'Arienzo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, & more). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), take in the dramatic natural features at Cave of Smeraldo, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Grande, and look for gifts at Emporio della Ceramica di murano crescenzo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Positano travel route planner .

You can drive from Florence to Positano in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or do a combination of flight, train, and subway. Traveling from Florence in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Positano, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Duomo di Sant'Andrea
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia Grande ©
Spiaggia Grande
Cave of Smeraldo ©
Cave of Smeraldo

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.
Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Catacombe di San Callisto. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip maker site .

Getting from Positano to Rome by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Skopje.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Skopje road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Skopje takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in July, Skopje is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. You'll set off for Ohrid on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Skopje

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife
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2
nights
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Samoil's Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Climent of Ohrid, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Saint Naum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ohrid vacation maker site .

Getting from Skopje to Ohrid by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Skopje, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ohrid, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kavadarci.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo

3
nights
Kavadarci, Republic of North Macedonia

Kavadarci ©
Kavadarci is a town in the Tikveš region of the Republic of Macedonia. Get out of town with these interesting Kavadarci side-trips: Royal Winery Queen Maria (in Demir Kapija), Strumica (Carevi Kuli, Monastery of Bogorodica, & more) and Marble Lake (in Belovodica). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Tikves Winery and contemplate the long history of Stobi.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kavadarci travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Kavadarci takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ohrid in July, you will find days in Kavadarci are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Kavadarci

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Strumica, Royal Winery Queen Maria, Marble Lake, Stobi
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Tikves Winery ©
Tikves Winery
Monastery of St Leontius ©
Monastery of St Leontius

3
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Mosque Iskhak-Bek. On your second day here, shop like a local with Acanthus Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, and then steep yourself in history at Old Bazaar, Skopje.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip planner.

Drive from Kavadarci to Skopje in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Skopje

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Skopje ZOO ©
Skopje ZOO
The Stone Bridge ©
The Stone Bridge

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