54 days in Europe Itinerary

54 days in Europe Itinerary

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54 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
6
Chamonix, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
13
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
14
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Ottawa, Canada

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Gallery and Wallace Collection. Get a sense of the local culture at Westminster Abbey and The British Museum. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of London, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, stroll around Regent's Park, and don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary builder .

Ottawa, Canada to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in May, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Trocadero and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and The Army Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, take a stroll through Le Marais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

5
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get in touch with nature at Cabo da Roca and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alfama and Food Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal) and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Belém Tower, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Parque das Nacoes, and steep yourself in history at Palacio Chiado.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon itinerary maker .

You can fly from Paris to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in May, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Parque Natural da Arrabida, Cabo da Roca
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alfama ©
Alfama

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Casco Historico de Toledo. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Alcazar de Segovia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Playa del Alberche (in Aldea del Fresno) and MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo (in Toledo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid and explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online visit planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Madrid sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toledo, Playa del Alberche, Alcazar of Segovia
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Born and Ciutat Vella. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
El Born ©
El Born

3
nights
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aiguille du Midi and Domaine des Planards. Do some cultural sightseeing at Crystal Museum and Eglise Saint Michel. The adventure continues: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and trek along Grand Balcon Nord : Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi - Montenvers.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix driving holiday planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Chamonix by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc ©
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Musee Paleontologique de Zurich. Get outdoors at Lake Zurich and Seebad Enge. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zurich using our trip planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Cinque Terre footpaths. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church. The adventure continues: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Groppo, stroll through Cinque Terre Trails, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre route app .

Getting from Zurich to Cinque Terre by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in June, expect nights in Cinque Terre to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Florence tour planner .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palatine Hill and Church of St. Louis of the French. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Change things up with a short trip to Monastero Di S.Benedetto in Subiaco (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and make a trip to Cupola di San Pietro.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Monastero Di S.Benedetto
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

5
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some cultural insight at Acropolis of Athens and National Archaeological Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Acropolis Museum and Chiliadou Beach. Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Lion Gate about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Plaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Philopappos Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Athens is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Athens are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lion Gate, Chiliadou Beach
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:
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Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Sveti Jakov Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Old Town and Zarkovica Animal Shelter. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online tour planner .

Getting from Athens to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Athens to Dubrovnik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in June, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Srebreno Beach
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Srebreno Beach ©
Srebreno Beach

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get some cultural insight at Staedel Museum and Dialog Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Romer and Main Tower. When in Frankfurt, make a side trip to see Dom zu Worms in Worms, approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, examine the collection at DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, take in the pleasant sights at Mainkai, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Church (Paulskirche).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt trip app .

Fly from Dubrovnik to Frankfurt in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dubrovnik in June since evenings lows in Frankfurt dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Dom zu Worms
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German Film Museum ©
German Film Museum
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Dom zu Worms ©
Dom zu Worms

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nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Atomium. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' and MOOF Museum. Step out of Brussels to go to Ghent and see Graslei and Korenlei, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brussels itinerary tool .

Take a train from Frankfurt to Brussels in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in June, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', Graslei and Korenlei
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Autoworld ©
Autoworld
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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