56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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56 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
11
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Guatemala City, Guatemala

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco). Attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Pavilhao do Conhecimento make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, get to know the resident critters at Jardim Zoologico, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Lisbon online day trip planner .

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Guatemala City in August, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Family-friendly places like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Mila - La Pedrera will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Magic Fountain and La Boqueria. When in Barcelona, make a side trip to see Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Parc Guell, stroll through Plaja de Sant Sebastian, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dali Theatre-Museum
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
The Magic Fountain ©
The Magic Fountain

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canal Grande and Arena di Verona. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and St Mark's Campanile. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Doge's Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Venice holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Venice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Venice, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Arena di Verona
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will enjoy Le mura di Lucca and The Boboli Gardens. Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza del Campo and Piazza della Signoria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Duomo di Siena (in Siena). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

Plan trip to Florence with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Le mura di Lucca, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Kids will enjoy Colosseum and Palatine Hill. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Trevi Fountain, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Fortress Palamidi and Mount Lycabettus. Attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Athens trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Athens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in August, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Archaeological Site Mycenae, Fortress Palamidi
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shoes on the Danube and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Kids will enjoy Halaszbastya and Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Budapest: Eger (Dobo Square & Eger Castle). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, and steep yourself in history at Matthias Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest travel route planner.

You can fly from Athens to Budapest in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Budapest. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in August, with highs in Budapest at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Eger
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beer Tastings & Tours and Lesser Town. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and meet the residents at Prague Zoo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Zoo ©
Prague Zoo
Beer Tastings & Tours

4
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stockholm Old Town and Stockholm City Hall. Bring the kids along to Vasa Museum and Royal Palace. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, engage your brain at Techniska Museet, and explore the world behind art at Moderna Museet - Stockholm.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Stockholm tour itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Prague to Stockholm in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Stockholm are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Junibacken ©
Junibacken
Skansen ©
Skansen

4
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Bring the kids along to Tivoli Gardens and National Museum of Denmark. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nyhavn, step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, and examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen online travel planner .

You can fly from Stockholm to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Luxembourg Gardens and Sainte-Chapelle. Kids will appreciate attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Le Marais, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planning tool .

Fly from Copenhagen to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Paultons Park and Natural History Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bournemouth Beach and Tower Bridge. Change things up with a short trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens in Burford (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read London day trip website .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Paultons Park, Bournemouth Beach
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Paultons Park ©
Paultons Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens ©
Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
Bournemouth Beach ©
Bournemouth Beach

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kilmainham Gaol and Guinness Storehouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Curracloe Beach. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Kilkenny Castle in Kilkenny, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, stroll around St Stephens Green, and steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner .

You can fly from London to Dublin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from London in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Dublin, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Curracloe Beach, Kilkenny Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Phoenix Park ©
Phoenix Park

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