45 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Stockholm, Sweden
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Berlin, Germany
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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London, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Seville, Spain
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Valencia, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Bordeaux, France
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Lyon, France
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Stockholm, Sweden — 1 night

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 19th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then examine the collection at ABBA The Museum.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Stockholm trip itinerary maker app.

Brisbane, Australia to Stockholm is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gendarmenmarkt and St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche). Visit Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and St. Thomas Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Dresden (Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Neues Grünes Gewölbe, &more) and Hauptbahnhof Leipzig (in Leipzig). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Mitte, admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom, take an in-depth tour of Deutsches Historisches Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule).

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Stockholm to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get curious at Body Worlds, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, then explore the world behind art at Moco Museum Amsterdam, then pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and finally examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Blenheim Palace and Tulleys Farm. Appreciate the collections at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Explore London's surroundings by going to Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester), Canterbury Cathedral (in Canterbury) and Oxford (Pitt Rivers Museum & Oxford University Museum of Natural History). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Waddesdon Manor, admire the masterpieces at Fitzwilliam Museum, and admire the striking features of Anglesey Abbey.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read London trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly to Liverpool.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom — 5 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Liverpool Cathedral and The British Ironwork Centre. Museum-lovers will get to explore Chatsworth House and World Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Liverpool: Stockeld Park (in Spofforth), Dunham Massey Hall & Gardens (in Altrincham) and Chester Cathedral (in Chester). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Beatles Story, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Attingham Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Liverpool road trip planning site.

You can fly from London to Liverpool in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Liverpool are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 5 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Explore hidden gems such as Barrio Santa Cruz and Jewish Quarter (Juderia). Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Historico de Sevilla and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. Change things up with these side-trips from Seville: Cordoba (Historic Centre of Cordoba, Medina Azahara - Conjunto Arqueológico Madinat al-Zahra, &more). Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Macarena, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Palacio de las Duenas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seville visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Liverpool to Seville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Liverpool to Seville due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Liverpool in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Seville, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Valencia.
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Valencia, Spain — 2 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Torres de Serranos, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of La Lonja de la Seda, and finally ponder the world of politics at Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Jardi del Turia, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza de la Virgen, then wander the streets of Casco Antiguo, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Valencia online itinerary planner.

Fly from Seville to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 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.
CosmoCaixa Barcelona and Joan Miro Foundation will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and Girona Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Tarragona Amphitheatre (in Tarragona) and Patronat Call de Girona (in Girona). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella, take a stroll through Passeig de Gracia, examine the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, and browse the exhibits of Parc de Montjuic.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona holiday maker app.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Barcelona: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 15th (Mon), don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in January; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 5 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vieux Lyon and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. You'll explore and learn at Musee Miniature et Cinema and L'Aventure Michelin. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption (in Clermont-Ferrand), Lake Annecy (in Annecy) and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Pilatus and Titlis. Gruyeres Castle and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern (in Bern) and Uetliberg Mountain (in Zurich). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Lyon to Lucerne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in January; daily highs in Lucerne reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of Hephaestus and Fortress Palamidi. Appreciate the collections at National Archaeological Museum and Hellenic Motor Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Temple of Poseidon (in Sounio), Nafplio (Eklektopolio, Land Gate, &more) and Planet Blue Diving Center (in Lavrio). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mycenaean vaulted tomb - Acharnes, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Athens road trip planner.

Fly from Lucerne to Athens in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lucerne in January, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Sweden travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.
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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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.
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England travel guide

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Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Gardens
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nightlife · Architectural Buildings
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.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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