53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Seville, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Split, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
11
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Newark, United States

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla and then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, then walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de España.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seville trip itinerary builder app .

Newark, USA to Seville is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Seville. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, historic sites, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, stroll around Casa de Campo, and admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by train from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Madrid sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

5
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Plage du Pradeau (in Giens), Plage noire du Langoustier (in Hyeres) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Cassis). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Marseille vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Route des Cretes, Scuba & Snorkeling, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
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Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Scuba & Snorkeling

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: Pitchoun Forest (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie (in Cannes) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice route planner .

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in July: highs in Nice hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Split.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Villeneuve-Loubet, Massif de l'Esterel, Marineland, Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
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Food Tours
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Marineland ©
Marineland

5
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: Omis (Starigrad Fortress & River Rafting & Tubing), Museum of Brac (in Skrip) and Hvar (Franciscan Monastery, Spanjola, & more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Palazzo di Diocleziano, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Split online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Nice to Split by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Split: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hvar, Omis, Museum of Brac
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubrovnik: Vino Spaleta (in Kuna Peljeska) and Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Orebic). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, and steep yourself in history at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vino Spaleta, Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Speed Boats Tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Ravello (Duomo di Ravello & Villa Rufolo), Amalfi (Wine Tours & Tastings & Duomo di Sant'Andrea) and Villa dei Misteri (in Pompeii). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Fornillo, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and stroll through Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Naples trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Naples by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Ravello, Villa dei Misteri, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, Spiaggia di Marina d'Albori, Fornillo
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Speed Boats Tours
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

5
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, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rome online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Scuola di Cucina di Lella (in Siena). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Florence visit planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Guardastelle Vineyard, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Scuola di Cucina di Lella
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
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Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Venice online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
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Like a Venetian ©
Like a Venetian
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
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: Aare River (in Bern), Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken) and Zurich (Lake Zurich & Grossmunster). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lucerne online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Venice to Lucerne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in August, with highs in Lucerne at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Zurich, Parasailing & Paragliding, Aare River
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Lucerne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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