40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bathurst, Canada
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
6
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Hallstatt, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
12
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
13
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
14
Kotor, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Bathurst, Canada

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Delirium as well as Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the 2nd (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Delirium. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through ZOO Planckendael, examine the collection at Kazerne Dossin, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, and finally don't miss a visit to Groot Begijnhof.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip planner.

Bathurst, Canada to Brussels is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Bathurst to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mechelen, De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, Groot Begijnhof
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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Delirium ©
Delirium
De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery ©
De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Markt as well as Beguinage (Begijnhof). On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then kick back and relax at De Panne Beach, and finally make a trip to The Markt. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, steep yourself in history at Beguinage (Begijnhof), then indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Halve Maan Brewery, and finally hike along Bruges Art Route.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip site .

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

De Panne Beach
Highlights from your plan
De Panne Beach ©
De Panne Beach
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Bruges Art Route ©
Bruges Art Route

7
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Vondelpark has been added to your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Strand Rockanje and Strand Egmond aan Zee. Visiting Flagship Amsterdam and Kennemerduinen an der Nordsee will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland (in Overveen), Duinreservaat Castricum (in Castricum) and Kinderboerderij De Boerenzwaluw (in Hoofddorp). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Kennemer Dunes National Park. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, and admire the striking features of De Zoeker Molen.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner .

Drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

De Zoeker Molen, Kennemer Dunes National Park, Kennemerduinen an der Nordsee, Ronde Hoep Polder, Strand Rockanje
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Flagship Amsterdam ©
Flagship Amsterdam
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
You've now added Northern Hikes - National Park Tours to your itinerary. On the 14th (Sat), look for gifts at Manufaktura, make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Mala strana and then make a short side trip with Northern Hikes - National Park Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Prague are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Northern Hikes - National Park Tours ©
Lesser Town
Lesser Town

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Castle Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Budweiser Brewery (Budejovicky Budvar). Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Theresa valley.

Plan a Cesky Krumlov trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Budweiser Brewery (Budejovicky Budvar), Theresa valley
Highlights from your plan
Theresa valley ©
Theresa valley
Budweiser Brewery (Budejovicky Budvar) ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Basilica, and then wander the streets of Stare Miasto.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Krakow online vacation builder .

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Krakow in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Krakow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): try out the rides at Palatinus Strandfürdő, then snap pictures at Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Margaret Island and then admire the landmark architecture of Parliament.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Margaret Island ©
Margaret Island
Thermal Spas
Palatinus Strandfürdő ©
Palatinus Strandfürdő

3
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the views from Stary most. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Magio Beach, then steep yourself in history at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), and then wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Bratislava

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Magio Beach ©
Magio Beach
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Lake Kuchajda ©
Lake Kuchajda

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral and then take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, and then steep yourself in history at Gloriette.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Vienna trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Kahlenberg ©
Kahlenberg
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

3
nights
Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Dachstein Giant Ice Caves, let the kids burn off some steam at Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Traunsee. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dachstein West, then kick back and relax at Badestrand Hallstatt, and then tour the water at your own pace with Lake Hallstatt Explorer.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hallstatt trip maker .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Hallstatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Bled.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area, Traunsee, Dachstein West, Dachstein Giant Ice Caves
Highlights from your plan
Traunsee ©
Traunsee
Dachstein West ©
Dachstein West
Badestrand Hallstatt ©
Badestrand Hallstatt

3
nights
Bled, Slovenia

Bled ©
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle (Blejski Grad). Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) and then explore the activities along Lake Bled.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bled travel route builder website .

You can drive from Hallstatt to Bled in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Split.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Vintgar Gorge, Ljubljana Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Parasailing & Paragliding
Ljubljana Old Town ©
Ljubljana Old Town

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, surround yourself with nature on Ilirio's Hvar Tours, then don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Omis Cetina Canyon and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Split trip planner .

You can drive from Bled to Split in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bled in October, with highs in Split at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mostar.

Things to do in Split

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Ilirio's Hvar Tours, Omis Cetina Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Ilirio's Hvar Tours ©
Ilirio's Hvar Tours
Omis Cetina Canyon ©
Omis Cetina Canyon
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

3
nights
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Orthodox Church Virgin Mary. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of The historic urban site of Pocitelj, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kravica, and then learn about winemaking at Andrija Wine Cellars.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mostar travel planner .

You can drive from Split to Mostar in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Split in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Mostar. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Andrija Wine Cellars, The historic urban site of Pocitelj, Kravica
Highlights from your plan
Kravica ©
Kravica
The historic urban site of Pocitelj ©
Neretva River ©
Neretva River

3
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Namfleg Workshop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikola Church, and then steep yourself in history at Crkva Gospa od Zdravlja. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, then tour the water at your own pace with Miki Travel Kotor, then stroll through Plavi Horizonti Beach, and finally make a trip to Our Lady of Health.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotor tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mostar to Kotor in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Kotor, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kotor

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spiljari, Perast, Plavi Horizonti Beach
Highlights from your plan
Miki Travel ©
Miki Travel
Plavi Horizonti Beach ©
Plavi Horizonti Beach
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni

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