42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Wroclaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
9
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Kiruna, Sweden
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Tromso, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
14
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
15
Bergen, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, then don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally admire the striking features of Pantheon. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an unorthodox tour of Catacombe di San Callisto, tour the pleasant surroundings at Colle del Gianicolo, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome itinerary site .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Florence holiday builder website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Adventure
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Florence in December, with highs in Venice at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, admire the striking features of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally shop like a local with Getreidegasse. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Sommerrodelbahn Walchsee, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg online visit planner .

Getting from Venice to Salzburg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in December: high temperatures in Salzburg hover around 6°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sommerrodelbahn Walchsee
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Donauinsel and Kahlenberg. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace, don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip planning site .

Fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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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.
On the 1st (Wed), snap pictures at Charles Bridge and then cruise along Transport Artists. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Prasna brana, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, then head outdoors with Prague for Two, and finally step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Prague online trip maker .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Prague are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Prague

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw ©
Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island) and Old Town- Historic Center. Take a break from Wroclaw with a short trip to Arboretum Wojslawice in Niemcza, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 5th (Sun) among pleasant surroundings at Rynek we Wroclawiu. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get a sense of history and politics at Wroclaw Town Hall, and make a trip to Panorama of Raclawice Battle.

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Traveling by car from Prague to Wroclaw takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Wroclaw, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arboretum Wojslawice
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Arboretum Wojslawice ©
Arboretum Wojslawice
Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island) ©
Rynek we Wroclawiu
Rynek we Wroclawiu

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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 7th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Gorka Szczesliwicka, stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of John III Sobieski, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, then take a stroll around Rynek Starego Miasta, then admire the masterpieces at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and finally take an in-depth tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

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Traveling by flight from Wroclaw to Warsaw takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Wroclaw in January, plan for little chillier days in Warsaw, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -5°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego ©
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
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.
On the 10th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, head off the coast to Yelagin Island, then don't miss a visit to Neva Embankments, and finally see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to St. Petersburg is 2 hours. Traveling from Warsaw in January, expect St. Petersburg to be little chillier, temps between -5°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip app .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Helsinki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stockholm Old Town and Sodermalm. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vasa Museum and Skansen. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, see the interesting displays at The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska museet, and appreciate the history behind Gustav II Adolfs Statue.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Stockholm route app .

Fly from Helsinki to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Helsinki in January, Stockholm is a bit warmer at night with lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Kiruna.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Neighborhoods Nature
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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Kiruna, Sweden

Kiruna ©
Sweden's northernmost city, Kiruna remains best known for its proximity to the world's first hotel-museum built entirely of snow and ice.
Icebar has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Samegarden Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jukkasjärvi Kyrka & Församlingsgård, examine the collection at Sami Siida - Markanbaiki, then get out on two wheels at Svea Snowmobile, and finally raise your glass at Icebar. On the next day, look and learn at Esrange Space Center, go deep underground at LKAB's Visitor Centre, then make a trip to Kiruna Stadshuset, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kiruna Kyrka.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kiruna travel route builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Kiruna. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Kiruna is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Kiruna hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Kiruna

Museums Nightlife Trails
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Sami Siida - Markanbaiki ©
Sami Siida - Markanbaiki
Jukkasjärvi Kyrka & Församlingsgård ©
Samegarden Museum ©
Samegarden Museum

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Tromso, Norway

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
On the 22nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Tromso Domkirke, examine the collection at The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet), then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria, and finally stop by Tromso Arctic Gifts & Souvenirs. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tromso day trip tool .

Getting from Kiruna to Tromso by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Kiruna in January, expect Tromso to be a bit warmer, temps between -1°C and -7°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Tromso

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral
Tromso Museum ©
Tromso Museum

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Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Get a sense of the local culture at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and Vigeland Museum. Get outdoors at Ski & Guide and Nordmarka. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Viking Ship Museum, examine the collection at Fram Museum, and get curious at Kreftforeningens Vitensenter.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Tromso to Oslo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Tromso in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Oslo, with highs around 6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Nordmarka ©
Nordmarka
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

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Bergen, Norway

Bergen ©
A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bryggen and Gunvor Handmade Illustration. Visiting Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Floibanen) and Mount Lovstaken will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Ulriken, view the masterpieces at Gategalleriet, get a taste of the local shopping with DMG GALLERY, and take in the pleasant sights at Stoltzekleiven.

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Traveling by flight from Oslo to Bergen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Oslo in January since evenings lows in Bergen dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums Nature Parks
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Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum ©
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum
Bryggen ©
Bryggen

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