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.
You've now added The Lyceum to your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Step off the beaten path and head to Edinburgh Old Town and Bamburgh Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Edinburgh side-trips: Rosslyn Chapel (in Roslin) and Cragside House and Gardens (in Rothbury). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, explore the wide array of goods at Jenners Edinburgh, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and stroll through Holyrood Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Edinburgh trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Edinburgh is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit cooler in Edinburgh: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for 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.
Skansen and Vasa Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stendorren Nature Reserve and ABBA The Museum. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, see the interesting displays at Fotografiska, admire the masterpieces at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ostermalm Saluhall.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip builder.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and tram from Edinburgh to Stockholm in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough 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
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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.
Rethymnon Old Town and St. Nicholas Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Episkopi Beach and Iguana Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Chania Town (Maritime Museum of Crete & Chania Venetian Lighthouse), German War Cemetery (in Maleme) and Chrissi Akti Beach (in Daratsos). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Skinaria Beach, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Phaistos, look for gifts at Marianna's Workshop, and identify plant and animal life at Kourtaliotiko Gorge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rethymnon holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Stockholm to Rethymnon takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Rethymnon. In June, Rethymnon is a bit warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Plakias, Palace of Faistos, Chrissi Akti Beach, St. Nicholas Church
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Skinaria Beach ©
Skinaria Beach
Chrissi Akti Beach ©
Chrissi Akti Beach

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Plaka District, explore and take pictures at Panathenaic Stadium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Monastiraki, and enjoy the sand and surf at Glyfada Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Athens sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rethymnon to Athens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Athens sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palatine Hill and Basilica di San Pietro. Visit Stabilimento Balneare Amerigo and Sabbianera Super Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Latina) and Grotte di Falvaterra (in Falvaterra). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, wander the streets of Citta del Vaticano, look for gifts at L'Artigianato, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rome vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and subway from Athens to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in July, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Sabbianera Super Beach, Stabilimento Balneare Amerigo, Grotte di Falvaterra
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte. Shop till you drop at Il Palazzone and San Quirico d'Orcia. Venture out of the city with trips to Bagno Grazia (in Marina di Pietrasanta) and La Lecciona (in Viareggio). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trips

Il Palazzone, Bagno Grazia, La Lecciona, San Quirico d'Orcia
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Basilica di Santa Croce ©
Basilica di Santa Croce
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.
Popular historic sites such as Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and Neuschwanstein Castle are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at English Garden and Donaudurchbruch. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau), Wies Church (in Steingaden) and Fuggerei (in Augsburg). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, browse the eclectic array of goods at Biergarten Viktualienmarkt, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Ubersee.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Fly from Florence to Munich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in July, expect Munich to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Donaudurchbruch, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Fuggerei, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Confiserie Sprunglifor plenty of shopping. Aare Gorge and Grossmunster are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum (in Brienz), Lucerne (Sammlung Rosengart, Jesuitenkirche, & more) and Interlaken (Kayaking & Canoeing & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, and take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich vacation trip planner.

Fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Croisette and Vieille Ville. Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, & more) and Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus). Spend the 30th (Tue) in some colorful company at Marineland. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, contemplate the long history of Villa Grecque Kerylos, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Nice.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice itinerary maker.

Do a combination of train and flight from Zurich to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich in July, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Base Nature Francois Leotard, Marineland, Saint-Paul de Vence
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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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres in Ingrannes, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, wander the streets of Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Dôme Sacre Coeur.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, Paris is little chillier at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, Palace of Versailles
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Natural History Museum and British Museum. Churchill War Rooms and Buckingham Palace will appeal to history buffs. 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 National Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. James's Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our London trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in London are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). 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

IWM Duxford, North Laine
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IWM Duxford ©
IWM Duxford
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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