46 days in Europe Itinerary

46 days in Europe Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Seville, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
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Split, Croatia
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). On the 6th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Alfama, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder app.

Vancouver, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Lisbon is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in September: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 2 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, and then admire the natural beauty at Parque de Maria Luisa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, then contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, and then don't miss a visit to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip maker website.

You can fly from Lisbon to Seville in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and stroll around Parque del Retiro.

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Traveling by flight from Seville to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 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 sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip maker website.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes) and Cannes (Vieux Port & Lérins Islands). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Nice sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in September, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Lucerne Station, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, take a stroll through Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg.

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You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 29th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, explore the activities along Riffelsee, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then make a trip to Walk of Climb, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gornergrat, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

Drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura (in Levanto). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, and explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre attractions planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Cinque Terre in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Split.
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Split, Croatia — 3 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Explore Split's surroundings by going to Hvar (Franciscan Monastery & Spanish Fortress) and Historic City of Trogir (in Trogir). Dedicate the 5th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Diocletian's Palace, don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Split trip maker.

You can fly from Cinque Terre to Split in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, make a trip to Pile Gate, take an in-depth tour of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary website.

Getting from Split to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 11th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, then make a trip to Aristotelous Square, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Thessaloniki takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Thessaloniki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Athens trip planner.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Thessaloniki in October since evenings lows in Athens dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Italian Riviera travel guide

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Aquariums · Beaches · Landmarks
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.
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Croatia travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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