40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Granada, Spain
— 1 night
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Ronda, Spain
— 3 nights
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Seville, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam attractions planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in April; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Gravensteen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and examine the collection at Friet Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bruges vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In April in Bruges, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Grand Place, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, browse the exhibits of Atomium, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels driving holiday planner.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Brussels, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Paris, France

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Les Murs Peints & Lérins Islands). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice online holiday maker.

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Casa Batllo, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Granada, Spain

— 1 night

Pearl of Spain

Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 29th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Alhambra, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monasterio Cartuja, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albayzin.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Granada online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Barcelona to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Granada when traveling from Barcelona in April, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ronda.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Ronda, Spain

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Ronda is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ride a horse along Paddock Paradise Ronda, take some stellar pictures from Mirador puente nuevo de Ronda, stop by Old City, and learn about winemaking at Bodega Garcia Hidalgo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ronda trip builder.

You can drive from Granada to Ronda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Seville.

Things to do in Ronda

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Seville, Spain

— 3 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.
Seville is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de España, admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, make a trip to Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), and steep yourself in history at Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seville trip planner.

Getting from Ronda to Seville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque del Retiro, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Madrid online tour planner.

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Seville in May, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.