49 days in Europe Itinerary

49 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights

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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and make a trip to Spanish Steps.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online driving holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Rome is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Rome is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Florence, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Milan tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in February, things will get little chillier in Milan: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Geneva.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Cathedrale de Lausanne, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Geneva route planning site.

Getting from Milan to Geneva by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in February: highs in Geneva hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bern route planning app.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in February, Bern is a bit cooler at night with lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

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 21st (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, and then ponder the world of politics at European Parliament Strasbourg. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Barrage Vauban, wander the streets of La Petite France, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Strasbourg trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bern to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in February, Strasbourg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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 much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, stop by Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (The Markt, Belfry of Bruges, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brussels online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in February: highs in Brussels hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights)). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. March in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

Frankfurt, Germany

— 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Explore Frankfurt's surroundings by going to Heidelberg (Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), Schloss Heidelberg, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, and don't miss a visit to Main Tower.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip site.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Prague.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, see the interesting displays at Czech Repubrick, explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and contemplate the long history of Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Prague holiday tool.

Fly from Frankfurt to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna travel route planning site.

Getting from Prague to Vienna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Vienna are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Munich.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, explore the activities along English Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and shop like a local with Schack-Galerie.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Munich in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Munich are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip builder website.

You can fly from Munich to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Munich to Istanbul. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Munich in March since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

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.

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.