40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis, United States
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis, United States

1
day
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find out how to plan a trip to Reykjavik, use our trip itinerary maker.

Minneapolis, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Reykjavik, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Reykjavik: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

2
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), examine the collection at The Ibsen Museum, ski along the peaceful trails at Nordmarka, and have some family-friendly fun at VRden - Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oslo travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Oslo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Reykjavik in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Nordmarka ©
Nordmarka
Norsk Folkemuseum ©
Norsk Folkemuseum

5
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Family-friendly places like Vasa Museum and Grona Lunds Tivoli will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Skansen, explore the historical opulence of Drottningholm Palace, take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, and stroll through Sodermalm.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm holiday maker .

Getting from Oslo to Stockholm by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. June in Stockholm sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Junibacken ©
Junibacken

5
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Bring the kids along to Tivoli Gardens and Rundetarn. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Nyhavn, wander the streets of Stroeget, put a fun spin on your tour with TIMEQUEST Escape Rooms Copenhagen, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Copenhagen vacation planner.

Getting from Stockholm to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

1
night
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get your game on at Room of Plenty, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then get in on the family fun at JUMPCITY Trampoline Park - Gdansk, then meet the residents at Oliwa Zoo, and finally head outdoors with Stogi Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gdansk road trip planning site .

Fly from Copenhagen to Gdansk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Gdansk can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Oliwa Zoo ©
Oliwa Zoo
Room of Plenty ©
Room of Plenty
Stogi Beach ©
Stogi Beach

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zoo Berlin and AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin online attractions planner .

You can fly from Gdansk to Berlin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin ©
WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at English Garden, admire the masterpieces at Neue Pinakothek, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Munich sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and Plage Naturiste De La Batterie. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Breil-sur-Roya), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Le Village des Fous (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, push the limits with an extreme tour, and contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munich in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villeneuve-Loubet, Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, Lérins Islands, Marineland, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Marineland ©
Marineland
Le Village des Fous ©
Le Village des Fous

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Plage noire du Langoustier and Plage des Oursinieres make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Cassis), Plage du Pradeau (in Giens) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). It doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Le Bois des Lutins and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille vacation tool .

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, Scuba & Snorkeling, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Le Bois des Lutins, Route des Cretes
Highlights from your plan
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris attractions website .

You can fly from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in July, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
The Live Thriller ©
The Live Thriller
Jardin d'Acclimatation ©
Jardin d'Acclimatation

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like ARTIS and NEMO Science Museum. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see Madurodam in The Hague, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto, and explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip site .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in July: highs in Amsterdam hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Madurodam
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
NEMO Science Museum ©
NEMO Science Museum

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