54 days in Europe Itinerary

54 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe vacation planner

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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
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Barcelona, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our London trip itinerary maker site.

Copenhagen, Denmark to London is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Dublin Castle and then see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Merrion Square and then stroll around St Stephens Green.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 4 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thingvellir National Park (in Thingvellir) and Thermal Spas (in Grindavik). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, and enjoy breathtaking views from Perlan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik day trip planning site.

You can fly from Dublin to Reykjavik in 5.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dublin in December: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 2°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

Krakow, Poland

— 4 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, approximately Oswiecim away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Krakow takes 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reykjavik to Krakow due to the time zone difference. December in Krakow sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin route tool.

You can fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

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, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Prague online travel route planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Vienna, Austria

— 5 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, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, stroll around Prater, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip planner.

Fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Vienna sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planner.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at BMW Welt, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and admire the natural beauty at English Garden.

Make your Munich itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich road trip tool.

Fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paris trip simple and quick.

Getting from Zurich to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in January: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Madrid, Spain

— 8 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Segovia (Iglesia de la Vera Cruz & Acueduct of Segovia) and Toledo (Museo del Greco, Church of Santo Tomé, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid road trip website.

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Madrid is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 23:

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

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.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Churches · Beaches · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.