40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 45​min
New York City, United States

2
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, then explore the ancient world of Foro di Augusto, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then admire the masterpieces at Sistine Chapel, then pause for some photo ops at La Pieta, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

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New York City, USA to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Rome hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Florence.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums

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Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, and then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

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You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Milan.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

3
days
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Milano and Certosa di Pavia are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Il Cenacolo and Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa. Step out of Milan with an excursion to Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso in Leggiuno--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Castello Sforzesco.

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Getting from Florence to Milan by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Milan

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Certosa di Pavia, Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso, Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

3
days
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and René Magritte Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Graslei and Korenlei (in Ghent) and Grand Place (in Tournai). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

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Traveling by flight from Milan to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milan in May, with highs in Brussels at 62°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Graslei and Korenlei, Grand Place
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7
days
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Visit Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux (in Evreux), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pantheon, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

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Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux, Palace of Versailles, Fondation Claude Monet, Chartres Cathedral
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamon Museum and East Side Gallery. Let the collections at Neues Museum and German Historical Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Berlin side-trips: Neue Kammern (in Potsdam), Tangermunder Gate (in Stendal) and Tangermuende (Burg Tangermunde & Neustadter Tor). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, get to know the fascinating history of Landwehrkanal, and get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

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Fly from Paris to Berlin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Berlin

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Tours

Side Trips

Tangermuende, Neue Kammern, Tangermunder Gate
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East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Pergamon Museum ©
Pergamon Museum
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

5
days
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Natural History Museum and British Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Winchester Cathedral and HMS Warrior 1860. Step out of London with an excursion to Hever Castle & Gardens in Hever--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, and don't miss a visit to Tower of London.

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Getting from Berlin to London by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to London is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in London can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in London

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Winchester Cathedral, Hever Castle & Gardens, HMS Warrior 1860
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

2
days
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
On the 18th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then browse the collection at Strahov Monastery. On the next day, take in the views from Charles Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Mala strana.

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Getting from London to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Prague due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Prague are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

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Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument ©
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

3
days
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.
Visit Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hospital in the Rock and Margaret Island. There's much more to do: examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Fly from Prague to Budapest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Prague in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Budapest, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for Munich.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

1
day
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.
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Traveling by flight from Budapest to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Budapest in June, plan for slightly colder days in Munich, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Munich

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

3
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Jordaan and Museum Quarter. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

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Fly from Munich to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cannes.

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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
day
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Getting from Amsterdam to Cannes by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cannes: highs are around 78°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Villa Kerylos, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Musée Marc Chagall
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Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

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