40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Florianopolis, Brazil
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Florianopolis, Brazil

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip planning tool .

Florianopolis, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Florianopolis to Lisbon is 3 hours. Traveling from Florianopolis in January, things will get colder in Lisbon: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then walk around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. In January in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Barcelona in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, stroll around Hyde Park, and examine the collection at The British Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the London online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in London can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (The Markt, Belfry of Bruges, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, don't miss a visit to Atomium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from London to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from London in January, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, walk around Vondelpark, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Berlin.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Prague, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Museum in Prague ©
Jewish Museum in Prague
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip builder site .

You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Vienna sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in February, with highs in Istanbul at 11°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

6
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Rome. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Rome hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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