46 days in Europe Itinerary

46 days in Europe Itinerary

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46 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  16​h
1
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Rotterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Munich, Germany

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary maker site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Munich is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Munich, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Munich to be colder, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

5
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and walk around Parc Guell.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Barcelona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in December; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

13
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alcudia (Alcudia Old Town, Stadtmauer, & more), Es Trenc (in Campos) and Cuevas del Drach (in Porto Cristo). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma, admire the landmark architecture of Casa de las Medias, get outside with The Northwest Coast, and sample the fine beverages at Mallorca Gin Distillery Experience.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Palma de Mallorca are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Alcudia, Cala Millor, Majorca, Cap de Formentor, Cala Agulla
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Palma Aquarium ©
Palma Aquarium
Cuevas del Drach ©
Cuevas del Drach
Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma ©
Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, hit the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, walk around Parque del Retiro, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Madrid trip planner .

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. While traveling from Palma de Mallorca, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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EXIT Madrid ©
EXIT Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Fly from Madrid to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, admire the landmark architecture of Erasmus Bridge, browse the different shops at Markthal, then look for gifts at Monsieur Saucisson, and finally see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Panorama Mesdag, explore the world behind art at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and finally don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam visit planner.

Take a train from Paris to Rotterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping Museums Tours

Side Trip

The Hague
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Markthal ©
Markthal
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Euromast ©
Euromast

9
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

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

You can fly from Rotterdam to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rotterdam in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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