40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Paris and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker website .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

1
night
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and finally have fun at Le Bois des Lutins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): take a stroll through The Panier, then get your game on at Laser game Evolution, and then meet the residents at Parc Zoologique La Barben.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in Marseille at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Bois des Lutins, Laser game Evolution, Zoo De La Barben, La Calanque de Figuerolles
Highlights from your plan
La Calanque de Figuerolles ©
La Calanque de Figuerolles
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Zoo De La Barben ©
Zoo De La Barben

4
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Spend the 26th (Fri) in some colorful company at Marineland. The adventure continues: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Marineland, Saint-Paul de Vence, La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will enjoy Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Boboli Gardens. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Florence tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nice to Florence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

5
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.
Attractions like Colosseum and Catacombe di San Callisto make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rome online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Canal Grande and Ponte di Rialto. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Family-friendly places like Schonbrunn Palace and Rathaus will thrill your kids. Pack the 15th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Venice in May; daily highs in Vienna reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Bring the kids along to Mirabell Palace and Museum der Moderne Monchsberg. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, and take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Salzburg journey tool .

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Zoo Salzburg
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Zoo Salzburg ©
Zoo Salzburg

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Geneva. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at CERN Univers de particules, take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva journey planner.

Fly from Salzburg to Geneva in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
CERN
CERN
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) & Mt Pilatus). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche Enge, take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), and meet the residents at Zoo Zurich.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip site .

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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