48 days in Europe Itinerary

48 days in Europe Itinerary

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48 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
6
Lyon, France
— 6 nights
tram + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Limmat. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich online travel route builder .

Sydney, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Zurich is minus 9 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 10°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visiting Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) and Singel will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, walk around Vondelpark, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Liverpool.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
Heineken Experience ©
Heineken Experience
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool ©
Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Visiting Lunt Meadows & Wetlands Nature Reserve and Blundellsands Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, take in the waterfront at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, and contemplate the long history of Casbah Coffee Club.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Liverpool day trip planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Liverpool by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Liverpool is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums Parks Outdoors
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The Beatles Story ©
The Beatles Story
Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve ©
Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve
Everton Park ©
Everton Park

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Escape the urban bustle at Hampstead Heath and WWT London Wetland Centre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, and savor the flavors at Jim And Tonic.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our London road trip website .

Traveling by train from Liverpool to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Neighborhoods Parks Wildlife
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Greenwich ©
Greenwich
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
WWT London Wetland Centre ©
WWT London Wetland Centre

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planner .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get in touch with nature at Parc de la Tete d'Or and Le Mur de Lyon. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Lyon, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Lyon trip maker .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mini World Lyon
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Spas

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Belém Tower, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lyon in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alfama ©
Alfama
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Moubikes. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, and explore the galleries of Casa Batllo.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona driving holiday site .

Getting from Lisbon to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Maneggio Madre Terra. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take a stroll through Oltrarno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Florence holiday builder .

Fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Spas Museums Historic Sites
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Spas & Wellness
Maneggio Madre Terra ©
Maneggio Madre Terra
Enoteca Bonatti ©
Enoteca Bonatti

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Colle del Gianicolo and Parco Natura e Fattoria Didattica Voloalto. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, head outdoors with Asd L'Aquila di Mare, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome online road trip planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Colle del Gianicolo ©
Colle del Gianicolo
Trastevere ©
Trastevere

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