Create an Agenda

To set an agenda you’ll need to make some decisions for the questions below. Once you have made those choices you can write them on a calendar or piece of paper. Know what nights you’ll be staying in what locations. Once you have a template of your days you can determine your transportation options form one destination to another. Our » Set Your Route page you provide you with distances and travel times between major European cities that will allow you to allocate enough travel into the days travel agenda.

If you only plan to go once, then you may want to take an organized tour covering as much of Europe as possible. Tour companies and operators have packaged tours going to multiple locations from 7 to 30 days.

Are you planning to go to Europe just once? Or do you plan to go back again?

For information please read our ➾ Tour post  and review web sites of  Tour Operators” that offer multi-day and country packaged tours.

If you are like a lot of independent travelers and plan to go back, then you should concentrate on doing the following.

How Many Days Will You Be There?

Once you know how many days you can travel try to be flexible. Remember some days airline tickets or hotel rooms can have higher rates. By altering your schedule by a day or two can save you hundreds of dollars. That that could require leaving or departing in the middle of the week on a Tuesday or Wednesday, instead of on the weekend.

Organize Your Time…

Making the best use of your time is essential to getting the most out of your vacation. Again, with so much too see and do in Europe, it is very easy to bite off more than you can chew. A vacation could become very strenuous and exhausting if you try to do too much. You do not want to have take another vacation to recover from a vacation. Minimizing travel time to several hours and try not to lose a half or even a whole day traveling. That time could be used to for an activity or just getting a few hours of relaxation. If possible try not to stay in one place for just one night. While it is not always possible, staying in one location for multiple days makes the best use of time. Having a room to go back to for a break during the middle of the day allows you a little rest before going out to diner or an evening event.  Not having to unpack and pack continuously is also convenient.

“Using time wisely can make the difference in having a disastrous vacation or a life’s experience  you will always remember”.

City Hubs

The Charles Bridge crossing the Valtava in Prague

Staying in a major city can maximize your time spent. There are many advantages in these cities as they have a lot to see and do. If you really want to capture the flavor of a great city than you must plan on a minimum stay of 3 full days or more.  These cities have so much to offer that being there for one day will never do. Many have enough for a full week but, always leave enough for another visit. As though these cities do not have enough to do there are great day trips within easy reach. That is why these cities provide a good base to stay so you are at the same hotel for more than one night. Travel time for these day trips are normally only 30 minutes to an hour and a half away. Transportation is also easier for arriving and departing from these cities with good flight selections from major airports and busy train stations with excellent rail schedules. The local transportation systems provide quick and efficient travel within the city to and from all sights. In many cases you can use major public transportation for your day trips outside the cities on rail or buses and in some situations your city transit pass is valid for fares. Cities and regions listed below offer the most to see with the least traveling time. Using these locations as a base for your multi-night stay gives you travel flexibility and the best use of your time. From these locations are suggested jumping off points to the next nearest area to maximize your travel.

🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips: 
– Delft, Netherlands
– The Hague, Netherlands
– Haarlem, Netherlands
– Keukenhof Gardens
– Kinderdijk
– Lieden, Netherlands
– Madurodam
– Rotterdam, Netherlands
– Volendam
– Zaanse Schans
Trip Extensions:
– Antwerp, Belgium
– Brussels, Belgium
– Bruges, Belgium
– Cologne, Germany
– Paris, France
– London, England
– Belgium
– Rhineland, Germany

🇪🇸 Andalusia Spain – (Sevilla, Granada, Málaga)

Minimum stay: 4 – 5 days
Day trips:

Balearic Islands
– Cadiz, Valencia, Spain
– Córdoba, Spain
– Costa del Sol
– Gibraltar
– Rhonda, Spain
– Tangier, Morocco 
Trip Extensions:
Barcelona, Spain
– Canary Islands
– France
– Madrid, Spain
– Morocco
– Lisbon, Portugal
– Porto, Portugal
– Valencia, Spain

🇬🇷 Athens, Greece

Minimum stay; 
3-4 days
Day trips: 
– Cape Sounion
– Corinth
– Delphi
– Epidaurus
– Hydra & Poros
– Meteora
– Mycenae
Trip Extensions:
– Antalya, Turkey
– Bulgaria
– Corfu
– Crete
– Cyprus
– Cyclades Islands
– Istanbul, Turkey
– Thessaloniki

🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips: 
– Andorra
– Costa Brava
– Figueres, Spain
– Girona, Spain
– Montserrat
– Stiges, Spain
– Tarragona, Spain
Trip Extensions:
– Andalusia
– Basque Country
– Madrid
– Carcassonne, France
– The Pyranees Mountains
– Provence, France
– Valencia, Spain

🇩🇪 Berlin, Germany

Minimum stay: 3 – 5 days
Day trips: 
– Dresden
– Hamburg
– Görlitz
– Leipzig
– Lübeck
– Potsdam
– Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
– Spreewald
– Wansee
Trip Extensions:
– Bavaria
– Copenhagen, Denmark
– Stockholm, Sweden
– Karków, Poland
– Munich, Germany
– Prague, Czechia
– Vienna, Austria
– Warsaw, Poland

🇧🇪 Brussels, Belgium

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Antwerp, Belgium
– Bastogne (Battle of the -Bulge)
– Bruges, Belgium
– Flanders WWI Battlefields
– Ghent, Belgium
– Liege, Belgium
– Waterloo Battlefield
– Ypres (WWI sites)
Trip Extensions:
– Amsterdam, Netherlands
– Cologne, Germany
– London, England
– Luxembourg
– Normandy, France
– Paris, France

🇭🇺 Budapest, Hungary

Minimum stay: 3 – 5 days
Day trips:
– The Danube Bend & Visegrád
– Eger, Hungary  
– Esztergom, Hungary 
– Gödöllo Castle 
– Lake Balaton 
– Puszta Great Plains 
– Szentendre, Hungary 
– Villány Wine Region
Trip Extensions:
– Belgrade, Serbia
– Bratislava, SLovakia
– Krakow, Poland
– Pécs, Hungary
– Prague, Czechia
– Romania
– Vienna, Austria

🇩🇰 Copenhagen, Denmark

Minimum stay:  3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Aarhus, Denmark
– Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød
– Kronborg Castle, Helsingør
– Malmo, Sweden
– Odense, Denmark
– Roskilde, Denmark
Trip Extensions:
– Berlin, Germany
– Hamburg, Germany
– Netherlands
– Norway
– Poland
-Stockholm, Sweden

🇮🇪 Dublin, Ireland

Minimum stay: 3 – 6 days
Day trips:
– Brú na Bóinne
– Cork
– Galway 
– Hill of Tara 
– Kilkenny 
– Limerick 
– Waterford
Trip Extensions:
– Belfast
– Blarney Castle
– Cliffs of Moher
– Dingle Peninsula
– England
– Ring of Kerry
– Scotland

🇭🇷 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips: 
– Korcula, Croatia
– Kotor, Montenegro
– Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina
– Split, Croatia
Trip Extensions:
– Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
– Hvar, Croatia
– Slovenia
– Plitvice Lakes Park
– Pula, Croatia
– Rovinj, Croatia
– Venice, Italy
– Zadar, Croatia
– Zagreb, Croatia

🇮🇹 Florence, Italy

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Arezzo, Italy
– Assisi, Italy
– Bologna, Italy
– Chianti
– Lucca, Italy
– Pisa, Italy
– San Gimignano, Italy
– Siena, Italy
– Val d’Orcia
Trip Extensions: 
– Cinque Terra
– Milan, Italy
– Naples, Italy
– Rome, Italy
– Venice, Italy
– Italian Lakes Region

🇩🇪 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Rhineland)

Optional Cities to stay in: Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz
Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Cochem, Germany
– Cologne, Germany
– Baden-Baden & the Black Forest
– Basel, Switzerland
– Heidelberg, Germany
– Koblenz, Germany
– Strasbourg, France
– Trier, Germany
– Wurzburg, Germany
Trip Extensions:
– Aachen, Germany
– Alsace France
– Amsterdam, Netherlands
– Bavaria
– Belgium
– Berlin, Germany
– Luxembourg
– Switzerland 

🇫🇮 Helsinki, Finland

Minimum stay: 2 – 3 days
Day trips: 
– Porvoo
– Turku
– Tampere
– Tallinn, Estonia
– Vantaa
Trip Extensions:
– St. Petersburg, Russia
– Moscow, Russia
– Stockholm, Sweden
– Åland Islands
– Rovaniemi (Lapland)
– Riga, Latvia
– Vilnius, Lithuania

🇹🇷  Istanbul, Turkey

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Bursa
– Black Sea
– Edirne
– Gallipoli
– Iznik
– Prince Islands
– Troy
Trip Extensions:
– Ankara
– Antalya
– Athens, Greece
– Bulgaria
– Cappadocia
– Ephesus
– Greek Islands
– Izmir

🇵🇱 Kraków, Poland

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Auschwitz-Birkennau Concentration Camp
– Czestochowa
– Katowice, Poland
– Pieskowa Skala Castle
– Tatras Mountains
– Wielczka Salt Mine
– Wrocław, Poland
Trip Extensions:
– Budapest, Hungary
– Gdansk, Poland
– Lviv, Ukraine
– Prague, Czechia
– Latvia, Riga
– Vienna, Austria
– Vilnius, Lithuania
– Warsaw, Poland

🇵🇹 Lisbon, Portugal

Minimum stay:  3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Cascais, Portugal
– Coibra, Portugal
– Évora, Portugal
– Fátima, Portugal
– Nazaré, Portugal
– Ribatejo Region
– Sintra, Portugal
Trip Extensions:
– Agarve coast
– Andalusia, Spain
– The Azores
– Madrid, Spain
– Porto, Portugal
– Salamanca, Spain
– Santiago de Compostela, Spain

🇬🇧 London, England United Kingdom

Minimum stay: 4 – 6 days
Day trips: 
– Bath, England UK
– Blenheim Palace
– Brighton, England UK 
– Canterbury, England UK
– The Cotswolds, England UK
– Downton Abbey
– Oxford, England UK
– Salisbury, England UK
– Stratford-upon-Avon
– Stonehenge & Avebury, England UK
– Warwick Castle
– White Cliffs of Dover & Hastings
– Windsor Castle
Trip Extensions:
– Amsterdam, Netherlands
– Brussels, Belgium
– Cornwall, England UK
– Dublin, Ireland
– Edinburgh, Scotland
UK
– France
– Ireland
– Liverpool, England UK
– Manchester, England UK
– Normandy, France
– Northern Ireland
– Paris, France
– Scotland UK
– Wales UK

🇪🇸 Madrid, Spain

Minimum stay: 3 – 6 days
Day trips:
Avila, Spain
– Cuenca, Spain
– El Escorial, Spain
– La Mancha
– Castle of Manzanares
– Salmanca, Spain
– Segovia, Spain
– Toledo, Spain
– Valley of the Fallen
Trip Extensions: 
– Andalusia
– Barcelona, Spain
– Basque Country
– Canary Islands
– France
– Lisbon, Portugal
– Porto, Portugal
– Valencia, Spain

🇫🇷 Marseille, France

Optional Cities to stay in: Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Nîmes
Minimum stay: 3 -5 days
Day Trips:
– The Camargue
– Gordes, France
– Les Buax-de-Provence, France
– Nîmes, France
– Orange, France
– Parc Calanques
– Pont du Gard
– Roussillon, France
– Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
Trip Extensions:
Barcelona, Spain
– Carcassonne, France
– Côte d’Azure & Nice, France
– Lyon, France
– Milan, Italy
– Monaco
– Paris, France
– Toulouse, France

🇮🇹 Milan, Italy

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Bernina Express
– Swiss Alps
– Bologna
– Bergamo
– Cinque Terra
– Genoa & Portofino
– Lake Como, Bellagio
– Lake Maggiore
– Lugano, Switzerland
– Mantua, Italy
– Modena, Italy
– Parma, Italy
– San Marino
– Rimini
– Turin, Italy
Trip Extensions: 
– Bergamo, Italy
– Côte d’Azure & Nice, France
– Florence, Italy
– Monaco
– Pisa, Italy
– Provence, France
– Rome, Italy
– Switzerland
– Tuscany
– Venice, Italy
– Verona, Italy

🇩🇪 Munich, Germany

Minimum stay: 3 – 6 days
Day trips:
– Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
– Herrenchiemsee
– Austria
– Linderhof Palace
– Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castles, Füssen
– Regensburg, Germany
– Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Trip Extensions:
– Bamberg, Germany
– Bayreuth, Germany
– Innsbruck, Austria
– Nuremberg, Germany
– Prague, Czechia
– Salzburg, Austria
– Stuttgart, Germany
– Switzerland
– The Romantic Road Germany
_ Vienna, Austria

🇫🇷 Nice, France

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Antibes, France
– Cannes, France
– Eze, France
– Grasse, France
– Menton, France
– Monaco
– St. Paul de-Vence, France
– St. Tropez, France
Trip Extensions:
– Barcelona, Spain
– Lyon, France
– Milan, Italy
– San Remo, Italy
– Paris, France
– Provence – (Arles, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille)

🇫🇷 Paris, France

Minimum stay: 3 – 6 days
Day trips:
– Chartres Cathedral
– Disneyland Marne-la-Vallée
– Fountainbleau
– Loire Valley Châteaus
– Monet’s Giverny
– Mont Saint-Michel
– Rouen, France
– Reims & Champagne
– Somme WWI Battlefields
– Palace at Versailles
Trip Extensions:
– Amsterdam, Netherlands
– Belgium ( Brussels, Bruges)
– Bordeaux, France
– The Dordogne
– Burgundy
– London, England
– Normandy France
– Brittany, France
– Provence – (Arles, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille)
– Rhineland Germany
– Switzerland

🇨🇿 Prague, Czechia

Minimum stay3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Castle Karlstejn
– Cesky Krumlov, Czechia
– Karlovy Vary, Czechia
– Křivoklat Castle
– Konopiste Castle
– Kunta Hora
– Pilsner Urquell in – Plzen 
– Terezin Concentration Camp
Trip Extensions:
– Berlin, Germany
– Budapest, Hungary
– Dresden, Germany
– Krakow, Poland
– Munich, Germany
– Poland
– Slovakia
– Vienna, Austria

🇮🇹 Rome, Italy

Minimum stay: 4 – 5 days
Day trips:
– Amalfi Coast
– Isle of Capri
– Naples, Italy
– Orvieto, Italy
– Ostia Antica, Italy
– Pompeii, Italy
– Tivoli- Villa d’Este
& Hadrian’s Villa
Trip Extensions:
– Florence, Italy
– Malta
– Milan, Italy
– Sardinia, Italy
– Sicily, Italy
– Tuscany
– Venice, Italy

🇦🇹 Salzburg, Austria

Minimum stay: 2 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Berchtesgaden, Germany
– Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves
– Hallstatt
– Innsbruck
– Liechtensteinklamm
– Munich, Germany
– Salzkammergut Lake District
– Wolfgangsee
– Zell am See
Trip Extensions:
– Cesky Krumlov, Czechia
– Budapest, Hungary
– Munich, Germany
– Prague, Czechia
– Vienna, Austria
– Venice, Italy

🇮🇹 Venice, Italy

Minimum stay:  3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Dolomite Mountains
– Cortina d’Ampezzo
– Venice Lagoon Islands – Murano, Burano and Torcello
– Lake Garda
– Bologna
– Padua
– Ravenna
– Verona
– Vicenza
Trip Extensions:
– Austria
– Bergamo, Italy
– Croatia
– Florence, Italy
– Innsbruck
– Milan, Italy
– Munich
– Rome, Italy
– Slovenia
– Tuscany

🇦🇹 Vienna , Austria

Minimum stay:
3 – 5 Days
Day trips:
– Bratislava, Slovakia
– Budapest, Hungary
– Krems, Austria
– Melk Abbey
– Vienna Woods
– Wachau Valley, Austria
Trip Extensions:
– Budapest, Hungary
– Cesky Krumlov, Czechia
– Prague, Czechia
– Munich, Germany
– Salzburg, Austria

🇵🇱 Warsaw, Poland

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips:
– Białowieża National park
– Kraków, Poland
– Malbork Castle
– Gdansk, Poland
Trip Extensions:
– Kyiv, Ukraine
– Lviv, Ukraine
– Wrocław, Poland
– Tatras Mountains
– St. Petersburg, Russia
– Moscow, Russia
– Riga, Latvia
– Vilnius, Lithuania

🇨🇭 Zürich, Switzerland

Minimum stay: 3 – 4 days
Day trips: 
– Basel
– Bern
– Interlaken
– Jungfrau & Bernese Oberland
– Lucerne
– Liechtenstein
– Rhine Falls
Trip Extensions:
– Austria
– Chamonix, France
– Germany
– Lake Geneva
– Milan, Italy
– St. Moritz
– Venice, Italy
– Zermatt

Maximize Your Time – Travel Regionally…

The Chain Bridge crossing the Danube in Budapest

If you want to minimize your time so you can spend more time doing activities, regionalize your travel to specific countries or areas. Of course one just doesn’t want to stay in one city, you need to capture the entire country or areas ambience. Try to see things near each other, figure on transportation time of no more than 2 hours between locations. Why spend hours traveling when you can be doing something exciting. You can find the distance between major cities on the Mileage & Time Travel Chart at our ➾ Map Your Route page.. These regional areas compliment each other for minimal time traveling with maximum enjoyment and rest.

The Adriatic

🇧🇦Bosnia &Herzegovina
🇭🇷Croatia
🇲🇪Montenegro
🇸🇮Slovenia

The Danube

🇸🇰Bratislava
🇭🇺Budapest
🇨🇿Prague
🇦🇹Vienna

Lakes & Mountains

🇮🇹Lake Como
🇮🇹Milan
🇮🇹 Lake Maggiore
🇨🇭Switzerland

The Aegean

🇬🇷Athens
🇬🇷Greek Islands
🇹🇷Istanbul
🇨🇾 Cyprus

Eastern Europe

🇧🇬Bulgaria
🇷🇴Romania
🇺🇦Ukraine

The Rhine

🇩🇪Cologne
🇫🇷France
🇩🇪Frankfurt
🇨🇭Switzerland

The Alps

🇦🇹Austria
🇩🇪Munich
🇨🇭Switzerland

Iberia

🇵🇹Lisbon
🇪🇸Madrid
🇵🇹Porto

The Riviera

🇮🇹Cinque Terra
🇫🇷Côte d’Azur
🇮🇹Portofino

The Baltic

🇩🇰Copenhagen
🇫🇮Helsinki
🇱🇻Riga
🇪🇪Tallinn
🇷🇺St. Petersburg

Italia

🇮🇹Florence
🇮🇹Rome
🇮🇹Milan
🇮🇹Venice

Southern Italy

🇮🇹Amalfi Coast
🇲🇹Malta
🇮🇹Naples
🇮🇹Sicily

Bohemia Europe

🇩🇪Berlin
🇩🇪Dresden
🇨🇿Prague
🇵🇱Kraków

The Lowlands

🇳🇱Amsterdam
🇧🇪Bruges
🇧🇪Brussels
🇫🇷Paris

A Tale of Two Cities

🇬🇧London
🇫🇷Paris
🇫🇷Normandy

The British Isles

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿England
🇮🇪Ireland
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿London
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Scotland

Mediterranean

🇪🇸Barcelona
🇫🇷Provence
🇫🇷Côte d’Azur

Scandinavia

🇩🇰Copenhagen
🇳🇴Oslo
🇸🇪Stockholm

Classical Europe

🇩🇪Munich
🇦🇹Salzburg
🇦🇹Vienna

Moorish Spain

🇪🇸Andalusia
🇪🇸Madrid
🇲🇦Morocco

The idea here is to try and compact your travel time…

After setting your agenda go to our » Transportation Overview page and see what modes of transportation will be the best forms for you to use.
For more travel time calculations and suggested routes and transportation type go to:
» Rio to Rome
» Travel Math.com