40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Paris, France — 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Louvre Museum as well as Musee d'Orsay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee de Montmartre and Palais de Chaillot. Get some cultural insight at Palais de Justice and Cote Sainte-Catherine. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon (in La Roche-Guyon), Domaine of Villarceaux (in Chaussy) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and don't miss a visit to Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris tour planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 27th (Wed), you're off to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Visiting Donaudurchbruch and Garmisch-Classic will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim and Burgersaalkirche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: Freilchtmuseum Glentleiten (in Grossweil), Mittenwald (Geigenbaumuseum, St. Peter und Paul, &more) and Murnau (Schokoladenmanufaktur Barbara Kronner & Schlossmuseum Murnau). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilika St. Emmeram, take an in-depth tour of Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, pause for some photo ops at Ruhmeshalle und Bavaria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Munich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Munich. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 5 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get outdoors at Bike Circus Saalbach and Bikepark Leogang. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seeschloss Ort and Festungsmuseum. Explore Salzburg's surroundings by going to Ebensee am Traunsee (Feuerkogel, Langbathseen, &more), Schober Frauenkopf Mountain (in Fuschl am See) and Musik Instrumenten Museum Der Volker (in St Gilgen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kapitelplatz & Kapitelschwemme, make a trip to St. Johannes am Imberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Evangelische Christuskirche.

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You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

City of Dreams

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wachau Valley and Durnstein Abbey. Get some historical perspective at St. Michael's Church and Benediktinerstift Göttweig. Venture out of the city with trips to SCS Shopping Center Sued (in Voesendorf), Burg Liechtenstein (in Maria Enzersdorf) and Biospharenpark Wienerwald (in Tullnerbach). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Third Man Museum, step into the grandiose world of Burgruine Duernstein, explore the galleries of MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, and admire the natural beauty at Burggarten.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 4 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu) and Muzeum Zamkowe w Pszczynie. Krakil Museum of Illusions and Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej w Krakowie MOCAK are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Krakow's surroundings by going to Cieszyn (Gora Zamkowa, Piastowska Tower, &more), Katowice (Guitar History Museum & Silesian Museum) and Gliwice (Kolejkowo - Wonderful world in miniature! & Radiostacja Gliwice). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Womai, get engrossed in the history at Krakow for Beginners (Krakow in 15 minutes), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kościół św. Bernardyna ze Sieny, and gain insight at Jagiellonian University Collegium Iuridicum.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Krakow trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Vienna to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Vienna in October since evenings lows in Krakow dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Warsaw.
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Warsaw, Poland — 4 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muzeum Polskiej Wódki (Polish Vodka Museum) and Holocaust Memorial Wall. Appreciate the collections at Pawiak Prison Museum and Stacja Muzeum. Explore Warsaw's surroundings by going to Gallery of Steel Figures (in Pruszkow), Arboretum SGGW (in Brzeziny) and Lodz (OFF Piotrkowska, Central Museum of the Textile Industry, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Warsaw Ghetto boundary marker, take some stellar pictures from Baszta, explore the historical opulence of Krasinski Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Warsaw's Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planner.

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore and learn at Tempelhof Airport and Classic Remise Berlin. Head to Rausch Schokoladenhaus and Arsenal Einkaufszentrumfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Potsdam (Schloss Cecilienhof, Biosphere Potsdam, &more), Wittenberg (Haus der Geschichte, Castle Church, &more) and Leipzig (Aegyptisches Museum University Leipzig, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Neue Wache, see the interesting displays at Designpanoptikum, stop by Prenzlauer Berg, and contemplate the long history of Gleis 17, Grunewald.

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You can fly from Warsaw to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Military Museum and Airborne Cemetery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muiderslot and St. Nicholas Basilica. Venture out of the city with trips to Het Nieuwe Instituut (in Rotterdam), Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) (in Utrecht) and Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at WONDR Experience, stop by Van Stapele Koekmakerij, look for all kinds of wild species at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, and take an in-depth tour of Molen Van Sloten.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam online holiday planner.

Getting from Berlin to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Poland travel guide

4.6
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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