42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly to Biarritz, Bus to San Sebastian - Donostia
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly
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Amalfi, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fira, Greece
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London, United Kingdom — 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Buckingham Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read London visit planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport, London St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International Rail Station, South Cape (Zuid-Kaap) Airport (nonexistent / spam) and Ashford International Rail Station. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 28:

Paris, France — 7 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La Galerie des Batailles). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain — 4 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Explore San Sebastian - Donostia's surroundings by going to Bilbao (Taberna Plaza Nueva, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, &more). On the 6th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Dedicate the 8th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, visit Parte Vieja, walk around Gipuzkoa plaza, and don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paris to San Sebastian - Donostia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 6 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Sant Feliu de Guixols), PortAventura (in Salou) and Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and steep yourself in history at Vila Vella (Old Town).

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online route planner.

Fly from San Sebastian - Donostia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 33°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Amalfi.
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Amalfi, Italy — 6 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Explore Amalfi's surroundings by going to Positano (Il Sentiero Degli Dei, Spiaggia Grande, &more) and I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos (in Praiano). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, ponder the design of Fontana sant'Andrea, do sightseeing at your own pace with CF Noleggio Scooter, and admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amalfi trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Amalfi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Amalfi are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rome.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Amalfi to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Amalfi in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rome, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in August, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Fira.
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Fira, Greece — 3 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Fira is known for nightlife, wineries, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the activities along Amoudi Bay, and look for gifts at Eruption Store Santorini.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fira itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fira: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night.
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Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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