45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 45​min
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
13
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

7
nights
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Skopje ©
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Get out of town with these interesting Skopje side-trips: Mavrovo (Mavrovo National Park & Mavrovo Lake), Kokino (in Staro Nagorichane) and Xhamia E Larme (in Tetovo). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Matka, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain of Vodno, pause for some photo ops at Millennium Cross, and contemplate the long history of Kale.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Skopje day trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Skopje is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In September, Skopje is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mavrovo, Xhamia E Larme, Kokino
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Old Bazaar, Skopje ©
Old Bazaar, Skopje
Lake Matka ©
Lake Matka
Mavrovo National Park ©
Mavrovo National Park

4
nights
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kalogria Beach (in Nikiti) and Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) (in Vergina). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St.Sophia, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rotunda.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Thessaloniki online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Skopje to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Skopje to Thessaloniki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Skopje in September, Thessaloniki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Kalogria Beach
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and finally explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Budapest travel planner.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Budapest by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Thessaloniki to Budapest. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Thessaloniki in September; daily highs in Budapest reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, make a trip to Stephansplatz, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner .

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

2
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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Prague route site .

Fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin road trip website .

Traveling by car from Prague to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

Getting from Berlin to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
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.
On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route site .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, walk around Parc Guell, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Venice in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and stroll around Vondelpark.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Amsterdam travel route planning website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Amsterdam is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, find something for the whole family at Junibacken, stroll around Kungstradgarden Park, and browse the exhibits of Royal Palace.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm online trip planner .

Fly from Amsterdam to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in Stockholm at 12°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
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 out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

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

Fly from Stockholm to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in October, with highs in Paris at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a 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
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Tower of London, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and then make a trip to Buckingham Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and finally unwind over a drink at Coca-Cola London Eye.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read London online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

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