50 days in Europe Itinerary

50 days in Europe Itinerary

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50 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
+2
Fly + foot + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
5
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
6
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
7
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
9
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Paris, France
— 4 nights
12
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
13
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
14
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
15
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

3
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Genoa (Boccadasse & Aquarium of Genoa). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Passeggiata Lungomare, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre travel itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Cinque Terre is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Cinque Terre. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Genoa
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa

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: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planner .

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Rome in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Rome. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Go for a jaunt from Athens to Mycenae to see Archaeological Site Mycenae about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens, and explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Athens trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in May, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

4
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Step out of Dubrovnik with an excursion to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, and make a trip to Pile Gate.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik day trip planning website .

You can fly from Athens to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in May; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
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Speed Boats Tours
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Ljubljana, Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): snap pictures at Tromostovje and then explore the activities along Lake Bled. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Ljubljana by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ljubljana when traveling from Dubrovnik in May, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Bled
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Room Escape Games
Lake Bled ©
Lake Bled
Tromostovje ©
Tromostovje

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva holiday planner.

You can fly from Ljubljana to Geneva in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Chamonix, France

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 23rd (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get great views at Aiguille du Midi, then take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, and finally hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and then fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip planner .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Chamonix takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Las Ramblas, walk around Parc Guell, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona driving holiday website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

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

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, parks, historic sites, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid route planning website .

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, wander the streets of Alfama, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Madrid to Lisbon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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 with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in June, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, then get great views at Main Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt travel planning website .

You can take a train from Paris to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Romer ©
Romer
Main Tower ©
Main Tower

6
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (Chocolate Nation & Antwerpen-Centraal). There's much more to do: make a trip to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels route planner.

Take a train from Frankfurt to Brussels in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Frankfurt, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Antwerp
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels ©
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

4
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Graslei and Korenlei, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bruges trip planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Menin Gate Memorial
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Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
The Markt ©
The Markt
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, don't miss a visit to Tower of London, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the London planner .

You can drive from Bruges to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bruges to London is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in London are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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