45 days in Europe Itinerary

45 days in Europe Itinerary

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45 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train + subway:  3​h
2
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
bus + train:  5​h
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Durban, South Africa

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. There's lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums.

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Durban, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 14-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Durban in November, expect nights in Rome to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

4
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Get in touch with nature at Fornillo and Valle dei Mulini. Change things up with a short trip to Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano in Positano (about 48 minutes away).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ravello route planner .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Ravello. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amalfi, Positano, Scala
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piazza del Campo and Campanile di Giotto. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Duomo di Siena (in Siena). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Ravello to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ravello in November, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

4
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.
Doge's Palace and Museo Ebraico di Venezia will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Piazza delle Erbe. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore & Arena di Verona) and Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in December, expect Venice to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Popular historic sites such as Castelo de S. Jorge and Castelo dos Mouros are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Sintra to see Park and National Palace of Pena about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, shop like a local with Rossio Square, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Lisbon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In December, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Venice - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

4
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.
Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Anne Frank House and The Jordaan. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, don't miss a visit to Leidseplein, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip site .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Let the collections at Vasa Museum and Moderna Museet - Stockholm capture your imagination. Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Skansen, learn about all things military at Royal Armory, explore the world behind art at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm holiday planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Stockholm to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Stockholm

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

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at StaromEstske namEsti and Prague Castle. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lobkowicz Palace and Jewish Museum in Prague. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, wander the streets of Lesser Town, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and explore the world behind art at St. George's Basilica.

To find out how to plan a trip to Prague, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Stockholm to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Albertina and MuseumsQuartier Wien. Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Center of Vienna, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip builder tool .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. For shopping fun, head to Andrassy Avenue or Vaci Street. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Hungarian National Museum, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Budapest trip builder .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Suleymaniye Cami and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Rumeli Fortress, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Budapest to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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