54 days in Europe Itinerary

54 days in Europe Itinerary

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54 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + train:  8​h 30​min
1
Lagos, Portugal
— 6 nights
+4
bus + shuttle + Fly + bus + train:  8​h
2
Avignon, France
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
3
Marseille, France
— 6 nights
4
Nice, France
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
8
Positano, Italy
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
9
Salerno, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

6
nights
Lagos, Portugal

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponta Da Piedale and Praia Da Rocha. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia), Algarve (in Silves) and Albufeira (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana, make a trip to Cape Saint Vincent, trek along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Tres Irmaos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Lagos is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Lagos is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Cape Saint Vincent, Algarve
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

5
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carrieres des Lumieres and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: La Petite Ferme (in Villes-sur-Auzon), Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine (in Vaison-la-Romaine) and Tapiezo (in Roussillon). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin d'Alcinoos, stroll through Les Gorges de Veroncle, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Lagos to Avignon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Avignon when traveling from Lagos in September, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Mines de Bruoux, Les Fermiers En Herbe, Jardin d'Alcinoos, Chateau de Lourmarin
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 28:
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Tapiezo ©
Tapiezo
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

6
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore hidden gems such as Vieille Ville and Cathédrale La Major. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Hyeres (Plage noire du Langoustier, Chateau d'Hyeres, & more), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more) and La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Route des Cretes). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Louis, kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle, and experience rural life at Var Lamas.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, Aix-en-Provence, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Six-Fours-les-Plages, La Ciotat
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:
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Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

8
nights
Nice, France

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Place Massena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Vieux Port & Lérins Islands), Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice road trip app .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Domaine Sainte Marie, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 12:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lugano travel route planner .

Getting from Nice to Lugano by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nice in October: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. You will leave for Lake Maggiore on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Lugano

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

1
night
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore
To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Maggiore trip planner .

You can drive from Lugano to Lake Maggiore in 1.5 hours. In October in Lake Maggiore, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 14th (Mon), you're off toZermatt.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Outdoors Nightlife Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

5
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Matterhorn and Jungfraujoch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, and take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zermatt attractions tool .

Explore your travel options from Lake Maggiore to Zermatt with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Parasailing & Paragliding, The Eiger Trail, Chateau de Chillon
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
nights
Positano, Italy

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Il Sentiero Degli Dei and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, & more), Chiesa di San Pancrazio Martire (in Conca dei Marini) and Amalfi (Museo della Carta, Duomo di Sant'Andrea, & more). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, go for a walk through Positano, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Positano tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Zermatt to Positano in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Salerno.

Things to do in Positano

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Amalfi, Ravello, Chiesa di San Pancrazio Martire, Food Tours, I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 26:
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Food Tours
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Wine Tours & Tastings

7
nights
Salerno, Italy

Salerno ©
While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salerno: Spiaggia di castiglione (in Castiglione), Maiori (Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano & Chiesa di San Francesco) and Monte Finestra (in Tramonti). On the 28th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Le Vigne di Raito, enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Eureka, stroll the grounds of Salerno War Cemetery, and get to know the fascinating history of Il Vecchio Centro Storico di Romagnano al Monte.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Salerno trip maker app .

Traveling by ferry from Positano to Salerno takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Salerno can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Salerno

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Spiaggia Lannio, Spiaggia di castiglione, Monte Finestra
Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 2:
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Speed Boats Tours
Cilento ©
Cilento

6
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin and Neues Museum. And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, examine the collection at Topographie des Terrors, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Salerno to Berlin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:
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Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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