59 days in Western Europe Itinerary

59 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Train to Svedala station, Taxi to Malmo, Fly to Stockholm
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Hephaestus and National Archaeological Museum. Visit Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Mycenae (Lion Gate & Archaeological Site Mycenae). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Athens road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: highs in Athens hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rome.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Peter's Square and Villa d'Este. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planning app.

You can fly from Athens to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Rome, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:

Florence, Italy — 6 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica of Santa Croce and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Piazza del Campo, &more), Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Duomo di San Gimignano (in San Gimignano). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:

Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the activities along Canal Grande, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Vienna.
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

Vienna, Austria — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Schonbrunner Gardens. You'll explore and learn at Belvedere Palace and Albertina. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche), and see the interesting displays at Hofburg.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Vienna is little chillier than Venice - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Salzburg, Austria — 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Step off the beaten path and head to Salzburger Altstadt and Red Bull Hangar-7. Fortress Hohensalzburg and St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter) will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, and steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Salzburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Grote Markt. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Teylers Museum). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, stop by The Jordaan, and steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Salzburg in July, you will find days in Amsterdam are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Paris, France — 6 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.
Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dublin.
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 17:

Dublin, Ireland — 6 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Guinness Storehouse and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kilkenny Castle and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Kilkenny (Black Abbey & Rothe House and Garden), Ferns Castle (in Ferns) and Thomastown (Jerpoint Abbey & Jerpoint Park). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, contemplate the long history of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Dublin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Paris to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Dublin reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 6 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Scottish National Gallery and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Get a sense of the local culture at Edinburgh Castle and Rosslyn Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Lindisfarne Priory (in Holy Island), Bamburgh Castle (in Bamburgh) and Stirling Castle (in Stirling). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, examine the collection at National Museum of Scotland, and step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Copenhagen.
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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:

Copenhagen, Denmark — 4 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Let the collections at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and National Museum of Denmark capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Nyhavn and Kastellet. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid, browse the exhibits of Amalienborg Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Saviour's Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen road trip site.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Copenhagen is 1 hour. When traveling from Edinburgh in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Copenhagen: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.
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Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

Stockholm, Sweden — 5 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Appreciate the collections at Vasa Museum and ABBA The Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Skansen and Fotografiska Stockholm. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, have a blast at Grona Lunds Tivoli, steep yourself in history at Riddarholmen Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Storkyrkan.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Stockholm sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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