48 days in Europe Itinerary

48 days in Europe Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
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Helsinki, Finland
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Oslo, Norway
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Dublin, Ireland
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Leeds, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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York, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
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Madrid, Spain
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Munich, Germany
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Munich, Germany

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Visit Cathedral of St Peter's and Old Town for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Munich Residenz and NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Regensburg (Basilika St. Emmeram & Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche, and take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Munich.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Munich online sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Munich is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Munich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Helsinki, Finland

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Visit Helsinki Cathedral and Mannerheim Museum for their historical value. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Castle Hill). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, shop like a local with Galleria Lapinlahti, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Helsinki by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Helsinki is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Oslo, Norway

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet and Kon-Tiki Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like 22 July Centre and The Well. When in Oslo, make a side trip to see Eidsvoll 1814 Norwegian Center for Constitution in Eidsvoll Verk, approximately Eidsvoll Verk away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oslomarka, shop like a local with Queen Sonja Art Stable, take an in-depth tour of Baerums Verk, and engage your brain at The Norwegian Museum of Science and Tehnology.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oslo travel planning tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Oslo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Oslo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Helsinki, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

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Dublin, Ireland

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Head to Grafton Street and O'Connell Streetfor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Guinness Storehouse and Chester Beatty capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Clonmacnoise (in County Offaly) and Old Kilbeggan Distillery (in Kilbeggan). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, wander the streets of Temple Bar, see where the action happens at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, and get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dublin day trip app.

You can fly from Oslo to Dublin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oslo in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dublin, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Leeds.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Leeds, United Kingdom

Capital of the North

One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Step off the beaten path and head to Saltaire Village and Temple Newsam. Head to Fabrication Crafts and Trinity Leedsfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Leeds: The Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints (in Chesterfield), Bolsover Castle (in Bolsover) and Rufford Abbey Country Park (in Ollerton). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirkstall Abbey, contemplate the long history of Abbey House Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the galleries of Thackray Medical Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Leeds trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Leeds takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to York.

Things to do in Leeds

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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York, United Kingdom

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
On the 23rd (Thu), wander the streets of York Shambles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then admire the striking features of Merchant Adventurers' Hall, then examine the collection at Fairfax House, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Fudge Kitchen York, then pause for some serene contemplation at Beverley Minster, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church Beverley.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the York trip maker website.

You can drive from Leeds to York in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in York are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in York

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

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London, United Kingdom

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.
You'll explore and learn at Wallace Collection and National Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at HMS Belfast and Museum of London. Venture out of the city with trips to Polesden Lacey (in Great Bookham) and Hampton Court Palace (in East Molesey). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The British Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Sir John Soane's Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Highgate Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read London planning tool.

You can take a train from York to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and National Coach Museum. Do your shopping at Rua Augusta and Centro Colombo. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the galleries of Igreja de Sao Roque, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from London to Lisbon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London in January, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Porto, Portugal

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Capela das Almas and Torre dos Clerigos will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paco dos Duques de Braganca and Santuario de Santa Luzia. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Viana do Castelo (Antigos Pacos do Concelho, Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo, &more), Braga (Sameiro Sanctuary, Museu da Imagem, &more) and Guimaraes (Guimaraes Castle, Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, &more). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, and pick up some local products at Mercado Bom Sucesso.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Porto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Museo Sorolla. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Iglesia de San Andres. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, contemplate the long history of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Madrid takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Porto in January: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 12°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

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Munich, Germany

Village of a Million People

On the 15th (Sat), get curious at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at FC Bayern Museum, and then look for gifts at Oberpollinger.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munich day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Munich takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in January, expect Munich to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Yorkshire travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Nightlife
The largest of the 39 historic counties of England, Yorkshire's whimsical residents often call their home "God's Own Country." The sprawling county is divided up into four separate regions, each with its own cultural identity, thriving urban centers, and historic market towns that can fill a variety of holiday itineraries. The region’s countryside, featuring green valleys and gently rolling hills, has long attracted tourism from around the globe. Well connected to all other parts of the country by an extensive railway network, Yorkshire is a prime region for outdoor activities, with stunning scenery that includes three national parks. As part of your itinerary, explore the region’s numerous historical sites, but don’t miss meeting the colorful locals, known for being proud, industrious, and extremely opinionated about almost every subject under the sun.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.