42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Santiago, Chile

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Park and National Palace of Pena and Quinta da Regaleira. Get a sense of the local culture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower. Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Castelo dos Mouros about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ancient Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning website .

Santiago, Chile to Lisbon is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Santiago to Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, and finally explore the galleries of Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Picasso, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then walk around Parc Guell.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico and Siena Cathedral. Piazza del Duomo and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Florence to go to Siena and see Piazza del Campo, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

Before you visit Florence, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in January, expect Florence to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Siena
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Siena Cathedral ©
Siena Cathedral
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cupola di San Pietro and Roman Forum. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Areas of Istanbul and Sultanahmet District. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, examine the collection at Pera Museum, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul travel planner .

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Rome to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rome in February, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 11°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Liberty Statue. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Budapest holiday builder website .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in February, you will find days in Budapest are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are much colder (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Get a sense of the local culture at Belvedere Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Center of Vienna and MuseumsQuartier Wien. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), admire the masterpieces at Albertina, steep yourself in history at Karlskirche, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum).

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Powder Tower, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then stroll the grounds of Old Jewish Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Charles Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Let the collections at Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Hermitage Amsterdam, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and get engrossed in the history at Amsterdam Gallery.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam holiday planner .

Getting from Prague to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. February in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Atomium. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and MIM - Musical Instruments Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, and see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sainte-Chapelle and Île de la Cité. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online road trip planner .

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as National Gallery and Natural History Museum. Visit Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the London online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. February in London sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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