40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h
9
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Athens, Greece
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
13
Durres, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 45 min
14
Zadar, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
15
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
16
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
17
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
18
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
19
La Condamine, Monaco
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
20
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
21
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
22
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
23
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
24
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
25
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
26
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
27
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
28
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
29
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
30
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
31
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
32
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
33
Sassenheim, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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1
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Museumphoto, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam online sightseeing planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Amsterdam. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Parks
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

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Hamburg, Germany

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, ponder the world of politics at Townhall, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hamburg trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Hamburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Hamburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Townhall ©
Townhall
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinitatis Kirke, take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn, then explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen route planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Copenhagen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites
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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn
The Little Mermaid ©
The Little Mermaid

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Stockholm City Hall and then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm trip maker app.

Fly from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Stockholm City Hall ©
Stockholm City Hall

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Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga) and then pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Riga online vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Stockholm to Riga in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Riga is 1 hour. In August in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny), and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Riga to Warsaw takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga to Warsaw, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny) ©
St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny)

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Stephansplatz, then admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, and then don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Stephansplatz ©
Stephansplatz

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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.
To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites
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Heroes' Square ©
Heroes' Square
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building

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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament and then admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti".

To see maps and tourist information, read our Bucharest journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Bucharest in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect nights in Bucharest to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.
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Muzeul National al Satului
Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Istanbul, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Bucharest in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
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Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, then enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thessaloniki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Thessaloniki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Thessaloniki hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums
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Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture
White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Aristotelous Square ©
Aristotelous Square

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion and then steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planner.

Fly from Thessaloniki to Athens in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Durres.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Erechtheion ©
Erechtheion

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Durres, Albania

Durres ©
Durrës, historically also known as Epidamnos, Durazzo and Dyrrachium, is the largest port and second largest city and a municipality of Albania. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Royal Villa of Durres, then take an in-depth tour of Durres Archaeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Durres Amphitheatre, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Durres Castle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Durres day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Athens to Durres with the Route module. Traveling from Athens to Durres, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Athens in August since evenings lows in Durres dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zadar.

Things to do in Durres

Museums Historic Sites
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Durres Archaeological Museum ©
Durres Archaeological Museum
Durres Amphitheatre ©
Durres Amphitheatre
Royal Villa of Durres ©
Royal Villa of Durres

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Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Forum, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Donat, make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), don't miss a visit to Zadar Land City Gates, then don't miss a visit to Paseo Maritimo, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Illusions. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zadar sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Durres to Zadar takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Zadar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Zadar

Transportation Outdoors Tours
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Speed Boats Tours
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
The Forum ©
The Forum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Zadar to Venice in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome journey planner.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Milan travel route app.

Getting from Rome to Milan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino and then take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monte-Carlo visit planner.

Getting from Milan to Monte-Carlo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Monte-Carlo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Condamine.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks
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Jardin du Casino ©
Jardin du Casino
Monte Carlo Harbor ©
Monte Carlo Harbor

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La Condamine, Monaco

La Condamine ©
La Condamine is the central Ward in the Principality of Monaco. On the 22nd (Sat), admire the striking features of Place du Palais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and then don't miss a visit to Prince's Palace.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read La Condamine trip itinerary site.

La Condamine is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. August in La Condamine sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in La Condamine

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monaco-Ville
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Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee
Place du Palais ©
Place du Palais

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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online travel planner.

You can drive from La Condamine to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from La Condamine in August since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 24th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and then admire the striking features of Casa Amatller.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Barcelona sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Casa Amatller ©
Casa Amatller

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.
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Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip builder app.

You can fly from Madrid to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Lisbon, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Porto to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular ©
Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular

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Bilbao, Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pick up some local products at La Ribera Market, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then snap pictures at Puente Zubizuri, then take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Bilbao travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Bilbao takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. In August in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bilbao

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get curious at Cite de l'espace, take in the waterfront at Port Viguerie, and then don't miss a visit to Le Capitole. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bilbao to Toulouse in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or fly. August in Toulouse sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner.

Fly from Toulouse to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Geneva when traveling from Toulouse in August, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Zurich.

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Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
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Palais des Nations, Genève
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For maps and tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
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Swimming Pools Unter Letten

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip website.

Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
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Arc de Triomphe
Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice).

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Brussels online tour planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Brussels, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

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Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
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Manneken Pis

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cologne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Brussels to Cologne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cologne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp travel route tool.

Drive from Cologne to Antwerp in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Antwerp sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sassenheim.

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Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
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Antwerpen-Centraal
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

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Sassenheim, The Netherlands

Sassenheim ©
Sassenheim is a town and former municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland.The former municipality covered an area of 6.62 km² (of which 0.23 km² water) and had a population of 14,906 in 2005. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): experience rural life at De Olmenhorst, then experience rural life at De Tulperij, and then let little ones run wild at Monkey Town Warmond.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sassenheim trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Sassenheim takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Parks Fun & Games

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KidsZoo, De Olmenhorst, De Tulperij, Monkey Town Warmond
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Monkey Town Warmond ©
Monkey Town Warmond
De Tulperij ©
De Tulperij
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KidsZoo

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