44 days in Europe Itinerary

44 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 8 nights
Fly to Varna, Bus to Nessebar
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Bus to Varna, Fly to Vienna
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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
Fly
7
Alghero, Italy
— 1 night
Fly to Milan Linate, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train to Genève-Aéroport, Fly to Amboise
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Amboise, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mannheim, Germany
— 7 nights
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Split, Croatia — 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Split and Wine Tours & Tastings. Escape the urban bustle at Marjan Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic City of Trogir (in Trogir) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Omiš). It doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities and contemplate the long history of Diocletian's Palace.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Split attractions planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Split is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in August; daily highs in Split reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cavtat Old Town and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Pile Gate. There's more to do: go for a stroll along the water at City Harbor and head off the coast to Lokrum Island.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Split to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 8 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortress Palamidi and Temple of Poseidon. Get out of town with these interesting Athens side-trips: Isthmia (Corinth Canal & Tech Diving Team Dive Center), Khalkis (Karababa Castle & Emir Zade Mosque) and Pouda Beach (in Lagonisi). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Alykes Beach, examine the collection at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, stroll through Porto Rafti Beach, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Athens takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in August, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Nessebar.
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Nessebar, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theodore, delve into the distant past at Basilica of the Mother of God Eleusa, then delve into the distant past at Nessebar, and finally delve into the distant past at The Church of St. John Aliturgetos. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Action Aquapark.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Nessebar trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Athens to Nessebar takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, things will get slightly colder in Nessebar: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 1 night

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 11th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, don't miss a visit to Peterskirche, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schonbrunner Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Leopold Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vienna day trip website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Nessebar to Vienna in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nessebar to Vienna. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nessebar in September, with highs in Vienna at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Liberty Statue and Recsk National Memorial Park are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Citadel and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Budapest: Villa Romana Balaca (in Nemesvamos), Bences Apatsag (in Tihany) and Kuny Domokos Museum at the Tata Castle (in Tata). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the views from Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), and steep yourself in history at Matthias Church.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planner.

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Alghero.
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Alghero, Italy — 1 night

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Capo Caccia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Mugoni, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Maria Pia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Alghero trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Alghero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, Alghero is a bit warmer than Budapest - with highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zermatt sightseeing tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Alghero to Zermatt in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Amboise.
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Amboise, France — 3 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Chateau de Cheverny are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Chateau de Chambord. Step out of Amboise to go to Blois and see Chateau Royal de Blois, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire and see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Amboise in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. September in Amboise sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get in touch with nature at Falaises d'Etretat and Omaha Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Memorial de Caen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, explore the galleries of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip maker site.

You can drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and then take a stroll through La Petite France. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, then wander the streets of Little Venice, and then make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg online holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Strasbourg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mannheim.
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Mannheim, Germany — 7 nights

Quadrate City

Mannheim is one of Germany’s major metropolitan and immigration centers, home to a large number of U.S. military personnel, and the site of a large university.
Appreciate the collections at Mercedes-Benz Museum and Museum der Alltagskultur - Schloss Waldenbuch. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Schloss Heidelberg and Würzburg Residence. Explore Mannheim's surroundings by going to Messel Pit Fossil Site (in Messel), Burg Pyrmont (in Roes) and Heidelberg (Philosopher’s Walk & Altstadt (Old Town)). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Reichsburg Cochem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), examine the collection at Flugausstellung L.+P. Junior, and take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mannheim online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Mannheim in 2 hours. September in Mannheim sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive back home.
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.
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Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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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.
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