40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel route maker

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Durness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Primada and Plaza Mayor. Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Palacio de Galiana, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Madrid travel route planner.

Santiago, Chile to Madrid is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Madrid in July: highs in Barcelona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace. Explore hidden gems such as Piazza del Duomo and Basilica of Santa Croce. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip maker website.

Fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Roman Forum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pantheon and Church of St. Louis of the French. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Istanbul is 2 hours. When traveling from Rome in July, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Schonbrunn Palace and Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Center of Vienna and St. Stephen's Cathedral. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace and examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Vienna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Vienna, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the views from Charles Bridge, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague journey maker site.

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums

Stockholm, Sweden

— 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen. On your second day here, wander the streets of Stockholm Old Town, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Stockholm day trip site.

You can fly from Prague to Stockholm in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Prague in July, with highs in Stockholm at 26°C and lows at 14°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Paris, France

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Musee Rodin. Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Sainte-Chapelle are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, Paris is a bit warmer than Stockholm - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint Bavo's Cathedral and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Appreciate the collections at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Atomium, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and explore the galleries of Maison d'Erasme.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Durness.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Durness, United Kingdom

— 5 nights
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Visit Sango Bay and Durness Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Sandwood Bay Beach and Balnakeil Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Durness: Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll), Oldshoremore Beach (in Kinlochbervie) and Falls of Kirkaig (in Inverkirkaig). There's much more to do: stroll through Balnakeil Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Holburn Head Lighthouse.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durness trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Durness by car takes about 18 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Amsterdam to Durness, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in August, with highs in Durness at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips