48 days in Europe Itinerary

48 days in Europe Itinerary

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48 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Oia, Greece
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Hersonissos, Greece
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Nice, France
— 2 nights
11
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
12
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  3​h
13
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
14
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
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: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Le Marais, and explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris tour planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 11 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Auckland in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
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.
Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January in Venice, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip maker .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Monastiraki, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Athens road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Oia.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Venture out of the city with trips to Akrotiri (Red Beach & Akrotiri). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, don't miss a visit to Wave, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and look for gifts at Kalimera Oia - Santorini Fine Art Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oia trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Athens to Oia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Oia are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hersonissos.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Speed Boats Tours
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani ©
Ekklisia Panagia Platsani

3
nights
Hersonissos, Greece

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hersonissos: Heraklion (Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Church of Saint Titus) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, cool off at Watercity Waterpark Themed Park, and stop by Hatzis Leather.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hersonissos trip builder .

Getting from Oia to Hersonissos by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Oia in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Hersonissos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heraklion, Fortress Spinalonga, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Watercity Waterpark Themed Park ©
Watercity Waterpark Themed Park
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Catedral Primada, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Madrid online itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Hersonissos to Madrid in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hersonissos to Madrid. Traveling from Hersonissos in January, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, get your game on at Simuteca, and don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona online itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Madrid in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally don't miss a visit to Place Massena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice day trip tool .

Getting from Barcelona to Nice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde & Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Musee Granet, contemplate the long history of Le Tour de l'Horloge, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Aix-en-Provence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Marseille
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 8th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then stop by La boutique de Mathilde, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Aix-en-Provence to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and tram. When traveling from Aix-en-Provence in February, plan for slightly colder days in Lyon, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

3
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Venture out of the city with trips to Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town), Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim) and Place Stanislas (in Nancy). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, wander the streets of La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg day trip planning site .

Do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Colmar, Domaine Albert Seltz, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Place Stanislas
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Domaine Albert Seltz ©
Domaine Albert Seltz
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
On the 14th (Mon), wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then explore the activities along Seine River, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
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The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs
Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise ©
Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

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