53 days in Europe Itinerary

53 days in Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
11
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
14
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
15
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
16
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Denver, United States

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Ciutat Vella. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, stroll around Parc Guell, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona vacation planner.

Denver, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Barcelona, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in May, Barcelona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Food Tours
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Pieta and Palatine Hill. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica in Ostia Antica, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rome visit planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
La Pieta ©
La Pieta

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nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza del Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip maker site .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Food Tours
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dell'Orologio, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Dorsoduro, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Photography Tours
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Margaret Island and Hospital in the Rock. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament, see the interesting displays at Miniversum Budapest, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip tool .

Getting from Venice to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Venice in May, Budapest is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours Museums Nature
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and St. Vitus Cathedral. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, and steep yourself in history at Old Town Bridge Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Prague trip maker website .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in June, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Food Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zaanse Schans and Room Escape Games. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam visit planner .

You can fly from Prague to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Luxembourg Gardens and Ile Saint-Louis. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, learn about all things military at The Army Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in June: highs in Paris hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Luxembourg Gardens ©
Luxembourg Gardens

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nights
London, United Kingdom

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Tower Bridge. There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, walk around Regent's Park, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery.

Plan trip to London with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Tours Museums Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Beer Tastings & Tours
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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nights
Dublin, Ireland

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beer Tastings & Tours and Kilmainham Gaol. Change things up with a short trip to Wicklow Mountains National Park in Glendalough Village (about 56 minutes away). Spend the 18th (Tue) on the rails with a train tour. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Stephen's Green, and browse the collection at Marsh's Library.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip app .

You can fly from London to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Dublin are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Beer Tastings & Tours
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

2
nights
Athens, Greece

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hephaestus, then take a stroll through Plaka, and finally get great views at Mount Lycabettus.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Athens online trip planner .

You can fly from Dublin to Athens in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in June, with highs in Athens at 86°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

3
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Vienna, Austria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then take in the awesome beauty at Kahlenberg, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cafe Gloriette, then stroll through Schlosspark Laxenburg, then stroll through Kurpark, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Vienna day trip site .

Fly from Athens to Vienna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Vienna is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in June, things will get slightly colder in Vienna: highs are around 77°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schlosspark Laxenburg, Kurpark
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Wine Tours & Tastings
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schlosspark Laxenburg ©
Schlosspark Laxenburg

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nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule), then don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally take in the history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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nights
Krakow, Poland

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 30th (Sun), have fun at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow, examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Market Square. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Krakow vacation maker site .

Getting from Berlin to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Sultanahmet Square, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally stroll through Gulhane Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planning tool .

Getting from Krakow to Istanbul by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Krakow to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Krakow in July, with highs in Istanbul at 84°F and lows at 68°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Tours Museums
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Food Tours
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Retiro Park, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Madrid tour planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Madrid in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Madrid. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: highs in Madrid hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Nature
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

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