45 days in Western Europe & Prague Itinerary

45 days in Western Europe & Prague Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  28 h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
train:  4 h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  7 h 30 min
8
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

7
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Coca-Cola London Eye, and other attractions. Churchill War Rooms and South Bank are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Westminster Abbey and The Monument to the Great Fire of London. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral and don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the London day trip site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to London is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to London is minus 12 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Christchurch in April, with highs in London at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, Stonehenge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Paris Catacombs, Disneyland Paris and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. Head to Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Historic Centre of Brugge as well as The Markt. On the 20th (Tue), admire the striking features of Stadhuis, don't miss a visit to Brugse Vrije, pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, thenmake a trip to The Markt, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, thencontemplate the long history of Sint Donaas ruines, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Bruges road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Keukenhof has been added to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Zaanse Schans. Change things up with a short trip to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, engage your brain at Body Worlds, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and examine the collection at Museum of Prostitution - Red Light Secrets.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip tool.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Keukenhof, World Heritage Kinderdijk
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Topography of Terror, Brandenburg Gate, and other attractions. Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Pergamonmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Mitte and Potsdamer Platz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: get outside with Weisser See and browse the range of quality goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin day trip app.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral and Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Staromestske namesti and Lesser Town. Your inner history buff will appreciate Prague Castle and Lobkowicz Palace. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Prague are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Rathausplatz has been added to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Belvedere Palace and Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof). Explore hidden gems such as Historic Center of Vienna and The Hofburg. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Vienna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 3 — 7:
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

4
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.
You've now added Canal Grande to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cannaregio and Ponte di Rialto. Your inner history buff will appreciate Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and stop by Dorsoduro.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planning app.

You can fly from Vienna to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piazza Venezia as well as Roman Forum. Colosseum and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palatine Hill and Church of St. Louis of the French. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Cupola di San Pietro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA and Casa Vicens. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Barcelona to go to Santa Coloma de Cervello and see Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through El Born, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 19th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Born ©
El Born

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