40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel route planner

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
— 1 night
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Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Leon, Spain
— 1 night
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
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Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
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Almeria, Spain
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Spain
— 1 night
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Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parc de Montjuic and Photography Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Museu Picasso. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, admire the striking features of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, appreciate the extensive heritage of L'Eixample District, and stop by La Barceloneta.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning tool.

Hervey Bay, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Plan for little chillier 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 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

— 1 night
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
On the 2nd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Rec de l'Obac and then hike along Rec del Sola.

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

Traveling by car from Barcelona to Andorra la Vella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Montpellier.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Montpellier, France

— 3 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Musee Fabre and Carre Sainte-Anne will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise St-Trophime and Cathedrale de Maguelone. Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to Arles (Anne Clergue Galerie & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou, explore the world behind art at Musee du Vieux Montpellier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, and don't miss a visit to Place Saint-Roch.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Montpellier trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Andorra la Vella to Montpellier by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Montpellier sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Espace EDF Bazacle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

Discover how to plan a Toulouse trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Shopping

Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Popular historic sites such as Place de la Bourse and Paroisse Catholique Du Sacre Coeur are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee du Vin et du Negoce and Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine, indulge your taste buds at Chateau Pape Clement, admire the landmark architecture of Église Notre-Dame, and wander the streets of Port of the Moon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France

— 1 night
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France close to Ostabat in the Pyrenean foothills. On the 10th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption. and then look for gifts at Chocolaterie Laia.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Bilbao, Spain

— 1 night

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 11th (Mon), experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, then take an in-depth tour of Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo de Coches Clasicos y Antiguos Torre Loizaga.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bilbao journey app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Bilbao takes 2.5 hours. May in Bilbao sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Madrid.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get some cultural insight at The Walls of Avila and The Four Posts. Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza mayor de Chinchon and Museo Sorolla. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Avila (Basilica de San Vicente & Catedral de Avila). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, visit La Latina, take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Madrid sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bilbao to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In May in Madrid, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Leon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Leon, Spain

— 1 night
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leon online trip maker.

Getting from Madrid to Leon by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Madrid in May, with highs in Leon at 22°C and lows at 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites · Museums

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

— 1 night

City of Stone

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Igreja de San Fructuoso.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Leon to Santiago de Compostela in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Santiago de Compostela are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites · Museums

Porto, Portugal

— 3 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Torre dos Clerigos and Palacio da Bolsa. Appreciate the collections at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis and FC Porto Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, walk around Parque da Cidade do Porto, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and shop like a local with Livraria Lello.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Porto journey app.

Traveling by car from Santiago de Compostela to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Porto. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Lisbon, Portugal

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

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 20th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums

Albufeira, Portugal

— 1 night

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Albufeira trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seville.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Seville, Spain

— 4 nights

City of Towers

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Casa Palacio de Las Duenas and Casa de Pilatos. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija and Museo de Carruajes. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, catch a live event at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Magdalena.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seville road trip planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Seville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Seville. May in Seville sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Malaga, Spain

— 2 nights

Capital of the Costa del Sol

Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Mahatma Showroom and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Martires. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano, examine the collection at Revello de Toro Museum, then contemplate the long history of Malaga Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Episcopal Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Malaga holiday builder.

You can drive from Seville to Malaga in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Almeria.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Almeria, Spain

— 1 night
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Almeria.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Almeria trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Malaga to Almeria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for Cartagena.

Things to do in Almeria

Museums · Historic Sites

Cartagena, Spain

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Casa de la Fortuna, stop by Centro de Artesania de Cartagena, and then examine the collection at Punic Wall.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Almeria to Cartagena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valencia.

Things to do in Cartagena

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Valencia, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Mediterranean Light

A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Popular historic sites such as Chapel of the Holy Grail and Real Colegio Seminario de Corpus Christi are in your itinerary. Head to Central Market of Valencia and Mercado Colonfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, see the interesting displays at Museu Faller de Valencia, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Valencia itinerary app.

You can drive from Cartagena to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Valencia, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): shop like a local with La Boqueria. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, take a stroll through L'Eixample District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally shop like a local with Villa del Arte Galleries.

To see ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Valencia to Barcelona by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Valencia in June, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Algarve travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.