36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hervey Bay, Australia
Fly:  28 h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
7
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
11
Malaga, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Almeria, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
13
Murcia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
14
Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
15
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
16
Zaragoza, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
17
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  28 h
End: Hervey Bay, Australia


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3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and El Born. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stop by El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Placa d'Espanya, and pick up some local products at Mercat Santa Caterina.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary builder.

Hervey Bay, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hervey Bay to Barcelona is minus 9 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hervey Bay in April, with highs in Barcelona at 22°C and lows at 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

1
night
Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra la Vella ©
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Vall, contemplate the long history of Barri Antic, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, and finally walk around Parc Central.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Andorra la Vella online day trip planner.

Drive from Barcelona to Andorra la Vella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Montpellier.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Barri Antic ©
Barri Antic
Parc Central ©
Parc Central
Casa de la Vall ©
Casa de la Vall

3
nights
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bertrand Bosc and Petit Paradis de Vendargues. The adventure continues: take in the views from Aquadukt Saint Clement, examine the collection at Carre Sainte-Anne, stroll around Domaine d'O, and get your game on at Mad Monkey.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Montpellier vacation builder app.

You can drive from Andorra la Vella to Montpellier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Wineries Museums Fun & Games
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Bertrand Bosc ©
Bertrand Bosc
Mad Monkey ©
Mad Monkey
Petit Paradis de Vendargues ©
Petit Paradis de Vendargues

1
night
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Grand Rond, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Historic Sites
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Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Jardin du Grand Rond ©
Jardin du Grand Rond

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Place de la Bourse and Jardin Public. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Saint-Emilion (Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, Chateau Beaurang, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Eloi, walk around Parc de Majolan, and have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Bordeaux.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux travel site.

Traveling by train from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Wineries Fun & Games

Side Trip

Saint-Emilion
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux ©
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux

1
night
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Begona, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, and finally get outside with San Mames Stadium.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bilbao road trip site.

Getting from Bordeaux to Bilbao by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
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Basilica of Begona ©
Basilica of Begona
La Ribera Market ©
La Ribera Market
Taberna Plaza Nueva ©
Taberna Plaza Nueva

1
night
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
On the 10th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo Casa de la Troya, make a trip to Plaza de la Quintana, make a trip to Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza del Obradoiro, then don't miss a visit to Hostal dos Reis Católicos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de San Fructuoso.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Bilbao in May, things will get a bit cooler in Santiago de Compostela: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
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Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela
Plaza del Obradoiro ©
Plaza del Obradoiro
Hostal dos Reis Católicos ©
Hostal dos Reis Católicos

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Explore hidden gems such as Torre dos Clerigos and Capela das Almas. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Ribeira Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto route maker.

You can drive from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Porto due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Torre dos Clerigos ©
Torre dos Clerigos
Ribeira Square ©
Ribeira Square

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Lisbon tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Porto in May, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Speed Boats Tours
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Seville, Spain

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Archaeological Ensemble of Italica. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, pause for some photo ops at San Ferdinando monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and admire the landmark architecture of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Seville travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Seville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Seville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Food Tours
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

3
nights
Malaga, Spain

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Jardin Botanico Historico La Concepcion. The adventure continues: get your game on at La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga, don't miss a visit to Pasaje de Chinitas, explore the galleries of CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center, and explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Malaga vacation planning site.

Getting from Seville to Malaga by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May in Malaga, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Almeria.

Things to do in Malaga

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga ©
La Casa de las Habitaciones Malaga
Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral

1
night
Almeria, Spain

Almeria ©
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Almeria, examine the collection at ARCHEOSITE® Los Millares, and then steep yourself in history at Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Almeria trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Almeria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Almeria can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Murcia.

Things to do in Almeria

Museums Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Museum of Almeria ©
Museum of Almeria
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba ©
Conjunto Monumental de La Alcazaba
Almeria ©
Almeria

1
night
Murcia, Spain

Murcia ©
Murcia is a city in south-eastern Spain, the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, and the seventh largest city in the country, with a population of 442,573 inhabitants in 2009 (about one third of the total population of the Region). Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Plaza Julian Romea and then test your team's savvy at Escape Play 2.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Murcia attractions planner.

Getting from Almeria to Murcia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Valencia.

Things to do in Murcia

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral de Santa Maria ©
Cathedral de Santa Maria

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nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats and Barrio del Carmen. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office (Edificio de Correos y Telegrafos), see the interesting displays at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, steep yourself in history at La Lonja de la Seda, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Valencia Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Valencia trip website.

You can drive from Murcia to Valencia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Food Tours. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, get your game on at EXIT Madrid, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May in Madrid, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zaragoza.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum

1
night
Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza ©
The city of Zaragoza is known as the City of Four Cultures for its interwoven history of Iberian, Roman, Moorish, and Christian influences.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): test your team's savvy at Room60 Zaragoza Room escape, don't miss a visit to Calle Alfonso I, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zaragoza trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Madrid to Zaragoza in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Zaragoza sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zaragoza

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar ©

1
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then get to know the fascinating history of Las Ramblas.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona route maker app.

Take a train from Zaragoza to Barcelona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zaragoza in May: highs in Barcelona hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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