43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  27 h
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h
2
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Train + Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 8 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Royal Yacht Britannia.

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Melbourne, Australia to Edinburgh is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Edinburgh is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in April, things will get slightly colder in Edinburgh: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat

5
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Ballyvaughan (Backwest Adventures, Aillwee Cave, &more), Doolin (Clare Coastal Walk Project & Doolin Pitch & Putt) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, explore the galleries of Galway Arts Centre, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Galway road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Edinburgh to Galway takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

County Clare, Ballyvaughan, Doolin, Castlefergus Equestrian, Cliffs of Moher
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Burren ©
The Burren

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, stop by Temple Bar, get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Dublin, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

5
nights
Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Cheltenham ©
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town and borough which is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Gloucestershire, England. Get out of town with these interesting Cheltenham side-trips: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), Moreton-in-Marsh (Cotswold Falconry Centre & Cotswold Archery) and Chavenage House (in Tetbury). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at SimAir737, look for all kinds of wild species at Walks With Hawks, get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, and tee off at Lilley Brook Golf Club.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cheltenham online journey planner.

Fly from Dublin to Cheltenham in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dublin in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Cheltenham. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to London.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gloucester, Bath, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, Tewkesbury Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Cotswold Archery ©
Cotswold Archery
SimAir737 ©
SimAir737
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range

5
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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our London day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cheltenham to London takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Gravensteen, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Markt, explore the world behind art at Gruuthusemuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bruges trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from London to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
The Markt ©
The Markt

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Antwerp to see Pierre Marcolini about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels tour planner.

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pierre Marcolini
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

8
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Keukenhof (in Lisse), Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Frans Hals Museum, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Keukenhof
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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