56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Budapest sightseeing planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get cooler in Budapest: highs are around 3°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

Vienna, Austria

— 5 nights

City of Dreams

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, laugh and play at Prater, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip builder.

Drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

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Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In January in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, get great views at Petřín, take in the views from Charles Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Prague tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Prague are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, meet the residents at Zoo Berlin, visit Potsdamer Platz, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Berlin to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Bruges is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges journey planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Bruges sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brussels online travel route planner.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, walk around Hyde Park, and snap pictures at Tower Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read London trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to London in 3 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 Brussels to London. Traveling from Brussels in January, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Le Marais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris road trip tool.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. February in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Madrid day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Madrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in February: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planning website.

You can fly from Rome to Istanbul in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rome to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in February, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (11°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24: