56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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56 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Rethymnon, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Nice, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
The Lyceum has been added to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Do your shopping at Jenners Edinburgh and Grassmarket. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin), Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury) and Bamburgh Castle (in Bamburgh). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, get to know the fascinating history of The Royal Mile, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, and step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Edinburgh. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Edinburgh at 62°F and lows at 48°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cragside House and Gardens, Rosslyn Chapel, Bamburgh Castle
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel ©
Rosslyn Chapel
Bamburgh Castle ©
Bamburgh Castle

4
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Step out of the city life by going to Stendorren Nature Reserve and Stockholm Old Town. Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, examine the collection at Skansen, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska, and stroll through Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm sightseeing planner.

Getting from Edinburgh to Stockholm by combination of train, flight, and tram takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Stendorren Nature Reserve
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
ABBA The Museum ©
ABBA The Museum

5
nights
Rethymnon, Greece

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ancient City of Phaistos and German War Cemetery. Get outdoors at Episkopi Beach and Chrissi Akti Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rethymnon: St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis), Iguana Beach (in Agii Apostoli) and Chania Town (Maritime Museum of Crete & Chania Venetian Lighthouse). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, look for gifts at Marianna's Workshop, identify plant and animal life at Kourtaliotiko Gorge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Monastery of Preveli.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Stockholm to Rethymnon in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Rethymnon is 1 hour. Traveling from Stockholm in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Rethymnon: highs are around 83°F and lows about 67°F. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Plakias, Episkopi Beach, St. Nicholas Church, Palace of Faistos
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos
Chania Venetian Lighthouse ©
Chania Venetian Lighthouse

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis of Athens and Plaka District. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium, and take a stroll through Monastiraki.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Athens itinerary builder.

Getting from Rethymnon to Athens by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Stabilimento Balneare Amerigo and Sabbianera Super Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Citta del Vaticano and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Grotte di Falvaterra in Falvaterra, approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, stop by L'Artigianato, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Pietro, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and subway from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in July, Rome is a bit cooler at night with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Sabbianera Super Beach, Grotte di Falvaterra, Stabilimento Balneare Amerigo
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do your shopping at Il Palazzone and San Quirico d'Orcia. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Bagno Grazia (in Marina di Pietrasanta) and La Lecciona (in Viareggio). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence vacation 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 slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

La Lecciona, Il Palazzone, Bagno Grazia, San Quirico d'Orcia
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:
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San Quirico d'Orcia ©
San Quirico d'Orcia
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Neuschwanstein Castle and Wies Church. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Fuggerei (in Augsburg), Donaudurchbruch (in Kelheim) and Strandbad Ubersee (in Ubersee). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, browse the eclectic array of goods at Biergarten Viktualienmarkt, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in July, things will get slightly colder in Munich: highs are around 77°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Strandbad Ubersee, Donaudurchbruch
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Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Mt Pilatus. Appreciate the collections at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Sammlung Rosengart. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Aare Gorge (in Meiringen), Jesuitenkirche (in Lucerne) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Interlaken). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich custom trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, Aare Gorge, Parasailing & Paragliding, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieille Ville and Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence. Visit La Croisette and St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Nice for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, & more) and Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus). Spend the 30th (Tue) in some colorful company at Marineland. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Zurich to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Villa Kerylos, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence, Base Nature Francois Leotard
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

6
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 explore and learn at Musée d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Palace of Versailles and Champs-Elysees will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres in Ingrannes--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, don't miss a visit to Ile Saint-Louis, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Dôme Sacre Coeur.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Paris, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at Natural History Museum and Churchill War Rooms. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery and Westminster Abbey. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: North Laine (in Brighton) and Imperial War Museum (in Duxford). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at British Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. James's Park, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and make a trip to Tower of London.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read London vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in London: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

North Laine, IWM Duxford
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:
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Tower of London ©
Tower of London
IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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