40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Drive to London Gatwick Airport, Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Skiathos, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 5 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 night
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Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You've now added Le Bureau Des Moniteurs du pays Nicois to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Rue d'Antibes and Le Suquet. Let the collections at Musee Picasso and Musee Matisse capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to La Croisette in Cannes (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Castel Plage, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip tool.

Horsham, UK to Nice is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Horsham to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Horsham in July; daily highs in Nice reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the activities along Seine River, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

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

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, Paris is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Itaca Art Studio di Monica Martin. Shop till you drop at Martina Vidal Venezia and Max Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Valdobbiadene (PDC Cartizze, Croset, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, shop like a local with Giudecca 795 Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For shopping fun, head to Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri or La Fornace Art Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa) and San Gimignano (Oibo Re-Design, Galleria Gagliardi, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and take in the exciting artwork at Limbo Art Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Wineries · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Galleria Borghese. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and ALEFBET. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Pietrasecca (Grotte di Pietrasecca & Grotta del Cervo). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, delve into the mystery of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, wander the streets of Via Condotti, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Rome, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Skiathos.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Skiathos, Greece

— 1 night

Greek St. Maarten

Boasting some of Greece's finest beaches, Skiathos swells with vacationers from colder European countries at the height of the tourist season.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Troulos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Banana Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Koukounaries Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Skiathos route planner.

You can fly from Rome to Skiathos in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Skiathos is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in August, expect nights in Skiathos to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Skiathos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Athens, Greece

— 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Shop till you drop at Ermou Street and Pandora Art Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis Museum and Plaka. When in Athens, make a side trip to see Seahorse Dive Center in Vari, approximately Vari away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, kick back and relax at Legrena Beach, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Skiathos to Athens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Skiathos in August, you will find days in Athens are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Camino de Ronda. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Picasso and Parc de Montjuic. Take a break from Barcelona with a short trip to Museu d'Historia de la Joguina in Sant Feliu de Guixols, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and shop like a local with MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Barcelona takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Barcelona. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Athens in August: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 33°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Seville, Spain

— 2 nights

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
On the 26th (Fri), admire the striking features of Plaza de Santa Marta, then visit Barrio Santa Cruz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sevilla, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de España. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, admire the masterpieces at Painter Amalio Museum, browse for treasures at Ceramicas Sevilla, then steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, and finally get outside with Paseo Alcalde Marques del Contadero.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Seville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect nights in Seville to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and PARAMAX Escuela de Buceo y Rescate. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Old City (in Segovia) and Casco Historico de Toledo (in Toledo). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and head outdoors with Picnic Madrid.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Madrid itinerary maker tool.

Take a train from Seville to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Madrid sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 1 night
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take a stroll through Laugavegur, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Reykjavik takes 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Reykjavik. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for colder days in Reykjavik, with highs around 16°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.