44 days in Europe Itinerary

44 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe planner

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Fly
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly to Tangier, Ferry to Tarifa
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Tarifa, Spain
— 5 nights
Ferry to Tangier, Fly to Brussels
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 7 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid, and then view the masterpieces at Cava Baja Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Madrid travel route builder website.

Santiago, Chile to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Madrid is 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tarifa.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Tarifa, Spain

— 5 nights

Wind Capital of Europe

As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castillo de Jimena de la Frontera and Castillo de Guzman el Bueno. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Bolonia and GoFun Costadelsol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tarifa: Casares Cemetery (in Casares) and Lanas del Rio (in Gaucin). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa de Valdevaqueros, see Off-Road Tours, take some stellar pictures from Mirador del Estrecho, and pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Jerez.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tarifa driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Madrid to Tarifa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect Tarifa to be a bit warmer, temps between 18°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 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.
Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Grand Diamonds Jewelryfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Museum De Reede, &more), Thermen Katara (in Belsele) and Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brussels road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Tarifa to Brussels in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Tarifa in January; daily highs in Brussels reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Herengracht and Tolhuistuin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to SnowWorld (in Zoetermeer), Canals area (in Utrecht) and Panorama Mesdag (in The Hague). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, get curious at Body Worlds, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and see the interesting displays at Micropia.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 23:

Berlin, Germany

— 6 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.
Get some historical perspective at Berliner Dom and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial and Gemaldegalerie. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Mall of Berlin, make a trip to Reichstag Building, take a stroll through Mitte, and see the interesting displays at Neues Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 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.
Head to Narodni Galerie Praha and Gallery of Steel Figuresfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral are in your itinerary. Spend the 31st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Lesser Town, make a trip to Staroměstská mostecká věž, take in the views from Charles Bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Kostel sv. Mikuláše.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip planning website.

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Prague are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Graben and Kohlmarkt. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, explore the galleries of KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna holiday website.

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

Budapest, Hungary

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matthias Church and Budapest Pinball Museum. Visit Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budapest: Nagyvillam Ski Slope (in Visegrad), Nemzeti Botanikus Kert (in Vacratot) and Ram Szakadek (in Domos). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In February in Budapest, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 15:

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations.