40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Reading, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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York, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Reading, United Kingdom
— 14 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Reading, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Reading, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Reading is a large, historically important town in Berkshire, England, of which it is the county town. For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Reading planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to Reading is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Brisbane to Reading. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Ambleside.
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Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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Ambleside, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Bridge House, stop by Ambleside Cowhides & Sheepskins, then explore the fascinating underground world of Rydal Cave, then examine the collection at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House, and finally explore the activities along Lake Windermere.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Ambleside trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Reading to Ambleside takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, and then explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ambleside to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to York.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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York, United Kingdom — 2 nights

City of Festivals

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our York trip maker app.

Getting from Edinburgh to York by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in York are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Reading.
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Reading, United Kingdom — 14 nights

See even more of Reading: stroll the grounds of Holy Trinity Church Theale, try your luck at Genting Casino Reading, and stop by AW Cycles.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Reading trip planner.

Take a train from York to Reading in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 27th (Tue), you're off to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Reading to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Reading to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Stadhuis, Belfry of Bruges, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, examine the collection at Atomium, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Grote Markt). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Reading.
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Reading, United Kingdom — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre, stop by The Grumpy Goat, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Double-Barrelled Brewery & Taproom. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Statue in Memory of Charles Frohman, then sample the tasty concoctions at Windsor & Eton Brewery, then step into the grandiose world of Windsor Castle, and finally browse the exhibits of The Lemongrove Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Reading attractions planning app.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Reading in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam to Reading, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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England travel guide

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A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.
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Lake District travel guide

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World heritage site · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
A paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Lake District is widely regarded as one of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the UK. This mountainous region famously served as inspiration for some of the finest works of artists William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Containing the country’s largest national park, the Lake District is England’s top vacation destination for hikers and rock climbers. Nature lovers from around the world linger in this area for days and even weeks, sightseeing in the sweeping landscape of rugged hilltops, glistening lakes, dense forests, and hazy mountaintops. The region abounds in numerous hidden pubs, inns, and hotels, offering not only shelter from the weather, but also first-class dining and drinking options.
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