55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 6 nights
Fly to Verona, Train to Venice
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights

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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Visit Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens for their historical value. The State Hermitage Museum and The Marly Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Palace Square, and browse the exhibits of Catherine's Body.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg online route maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to St. Petersburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. June in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Krakow, Poland

— 6 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Get some historical perspective at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Zamek Królewski. Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, and shop like a local with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Krakow trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Krakow takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Krakow is minus 2 hours. June in Krakow sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Get some historical perspective at Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica di San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Step out of Venice with an excursion to Chiesa degli Eremitani in Padua--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia, and wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Krakow to Venice takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Venice is somewhat warmer than Krakow - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Battistero di San Giovanni, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Florence travel app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Florence sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Assisi, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi and Studio Moretti Caselli. Popular historic sites such as Eremo delle Carceri and San Damiano are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Perugia (Collegio del Cambio & Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Rufino, look for all kinds of wild species at Bosco di San Francesco, and step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Assisi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Assisi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Vatican Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pantheon and Villa Adriana will appeal to history buffs. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Villa d'Este in Tivoli, approximately Tivoli away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder.

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Italy

— 2 nights
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso. On your second day here, look for gifts at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma and then identify plant and animal life at Valle delle Ferriere.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ravello travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ravello takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in June, expect nights in Ravello to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Picasso and Joan Miro Foundation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Guell, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, wander the streets of Las Ramblas, and stop by El Barri Gòtic.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ravello to Barcelona takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Ravello in June, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and Museo del Greco will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Madrid and Church of Santo Tomé. Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Toledo (Catedral Primada & El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, walk around Parque del Retiro, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Madrid takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you will find days in Madrid are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Seville, Spain

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the striking features of Plaza de España, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Royal Alcázar of Seville, steep yourself in history at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and then admire the landmark architecture of Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seville online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Seville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Seville, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and steep yourself in history at La Madeleine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in July, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Serres Royales De Laeken. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Grand Place, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brussels trip builder.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 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.
Visit Gravensteen and Graslei and Korenlei for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Step out of Bruges with an excursion to Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bruges travel route planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Get some historical perspective at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Begijnhof. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Grote Markt, &more), The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Panorama Mesdag) and Delft (Old Church, Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, stroll around Vondelpark, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · 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.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
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.