55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train to Dyce, Fly to Copenhagen
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 4 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. The British Museum and National Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: The Hawking Centre (in Doddington) and Joe's Bows (in Hernhill). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our London day trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to London is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to London is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bath, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Get a sense of the local culture at Stonehenge and The Roman Baths. Wells Cathedral and Gloucester Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Glastonbury (Bride’s Mound, Ham Wall Nature Reserve, &more), Wilton House (in Wilton) and Somerset Crafts (in Westhay). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bath day trip planner.

Traveling by train from London to Bath takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cheltenham.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Cheltenham, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Birdland and then step into the grandiose world of Sudeley Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Chavenage House, then identify plant and animal life at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Walks With Hawks.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cheltenham trip app.

Traveling by car from Bath to Cheltenham takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Cheltenham are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ambleside, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Muncaster Castle and Lakeland Motor Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House and Derwent Pencil Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Ambleside with an excursion to Aira Force Waterfall in Penrith--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sizergh Castle, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesus Church, and identify plant and animal life at Lake District Sheepdog Experience.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ambleside trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Cheltenham to Ambleside takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Ambleside

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close. Royal Yacht Britannia and Scottish National Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh travel website.

Getting from Ambleside to Edinburgh by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dunrobin Castle and Gardens and Cawdor Castle. Visit Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Plockton Seal Trips (in Plockton), St Ninians Church (in Drumnadrochit) and Eilean Donan Castle (in Kyle of Lochalsh). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Aigas Field Centre, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the historical opulence of Urquhart Castle, and browse the exhibits of Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Inverness tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Inverness, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 6 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Denmark and Amalienborg. Get some historical perspective at Nyhavn and Frederiksborg Castle. When in Copenhagen, make a side trip to see The Karen Blixen Museum in Rungsted, approximately Rungsted away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid, and wander the streets of Stroeget.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen road trip app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Inverness to Copenhagen takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Inverness to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and The Marly Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at The State Hermitage Museum and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, and see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Moscow, Russia

— 2 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Andronikov Monastery, then browse the exhibits of Moscow Kremlin, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror Museum and Memento Park. Visit Fisherman's Bastion and Heroes' Square for their historical value. Explore Budapest's surroundings by going to Eger (Egri Road Beatles Museum, Eger Castle, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and make a trip to Shoes on the Danube Bank.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Moscow, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 5 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Picasso. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Musée Marc Chagall. Change things up with a short trip to Be Free To Dive in Villeneuve-Loubet (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, examine the collection at Palais Lascaris, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Nice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Budapest in July, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Fondation Claude Monet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Grand Canal, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris itinerary planner.

Fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Paris. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux War Cemetery. Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll through Omaha Beach, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planning site.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paris in July, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

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.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

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.