40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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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.
Catedral Primada and Palacio de Galiana will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Prado National Museum and Museo Sorolla. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary planning site.

Santiago, Chile to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 5 hours. September in Madrid sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly 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.
On the 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally visit El Barri Gòtic. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza del Duomo and Campanile di Giotto. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pantheon and Church of St. Louis of the French. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, make a trip to Piazza Navona, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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 2nd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Rome to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in October since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Belvedere Palace and Albertina. Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. There's much more to do: make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Vienna in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Vienna. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Vienna, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, steep yourself in history at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Lobkowicz Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague road trip planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. October in Prague sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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 11th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Stockholm Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Stockholm trip planner.

Fly from Prague to Stockholm in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in October, expect nights in Stockholm to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the flight 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.
Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Musee Rodin. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Stockholm to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Stockholm in October, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the 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.
Let the collections at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saint Bavo's Cathedral and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, explore the galleries of Atomium, examine the collection at Maison d'Erasme, and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brussels tour planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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 21st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then 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.

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You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Durness Beach and Oldshoremore Beach. Visiting Sandwood Bay Beach and Clachtoll Beach Campsite will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Holburn Head Lighthouse (in Scrabster), Scourie Bay (in Scourie) and Falls of Kirkaig (in Inverkirkaig). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, stroll through Balnakeil Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Balnakeil Bay.

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Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Durness takes 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Amsterdam to Durness, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Durness when traveling from Amsterdam in October, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips