51 days in Europe Itinerary

51 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route builder

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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain

— 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Attractions like Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Aquarium de Madrid.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Madrid is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Madrid. In December, Madrid is much colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montpellier.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Montpellier, France

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seaquarium. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Mad Monkey, observe the fascinating underwater world at Planet Ocean Montpellier, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montpellier holiday planning website.

You can fly from Madrid to Montpellier in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Montpellier

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 1 night

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and then don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Montpellier to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 17th (Fri), make a trip to Borgo Antico, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Fegina, then stroll through Beach Bar Alga, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre route tool.

You can drive from Nice to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Cinque Terre. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Ponte Vecchio. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Scuola di Cucina di Lella, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Florence trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Pietre d'Inciampo - Stolpersteine, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally examine the collection at Ca' Rezzonico.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Venice online road trip planner.

Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Venice reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

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.
On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Munich visit planner.

Getting from Venice to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Venice in December, expect Munich to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kids will enjoy Staromestske namesti and Charles Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery of Steel Figures, and get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Prague travel route planner.

You can fly from Munich to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Berlin, Germany

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then get to know the resident critters at Zoo Berlin, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin vacation tool.

Drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours · Museums

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Van Gogh Museum and ARTIS. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Madurodam (in The Hague) and Delft (Het steen & Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Anne Frank House, pause for some serene contemplation at Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westerkerk.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Berlin to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Groeningemuseum and Minnewater Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Antwerp (Keizerskapel (Sint Anna kapel), Cathedral of Our Lady, &more) and Ghent (Gravensteen & Our Lady Ter Hoyen Beguinage). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, examine the collection at Friet Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cologne, Germany

— 3 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cologne Cathedral and KolnTriangle. Step out of Cologne with an excursion to Aachen Cathedral in Aachen--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, meet the residents at Koelner Zoo, get in on the family fun at Phantasialand, and take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne online journey planner.

Getting from Bruges to Cologne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Cologne, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Colmar.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colmar, France

— 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Maison Pfister. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Little Venice, explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, and admire the striking features of Koifhus (Old Custom House).

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colmar online trip planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Colmar in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Marne-la-Vallee (Disneyland Paris & Walt Disney Studios Park) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

You can take a train from Colmar to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Kids will enjoy Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona travel planner.

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums