40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Belém Tower, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey planner .

Washington DC, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

4
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, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

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

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In November in Florence, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 25th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, and then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice travel route site .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Venice, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Istanbul vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Venice to Istanbul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Istanbul is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Venice in November, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, make a trip to Hősök tere, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

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

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in November: highs in Budapest hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Vienna.

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

4
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: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt.

Plan a Vienna trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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 an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, admire the landmark architecture of Dancing House, and take some stellar pictures from Petřín.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Prague attractions planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris vacation maker .

You can fly from Prague to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Prague, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the 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

4
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. December in London sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam road trip tool .

Fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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