40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: 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
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
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.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome travel website .

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.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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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#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

3
nights
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 Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso (in Leggiuno) and Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa (in Somma Lombardo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Castello Sforzesco.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 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

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

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Graslei and Korenlei. Step out of Brussels with an excursion to Grand Place in Tournai--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, admire the striking features of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brussels online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Milan to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in May: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Place, Graslei and Korenlei
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7
nights
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 Bourdelle. Visit Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux (in Evreux) and Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, learn about all things military at The Army Museum, stroll the grounds of Pantheon, and contemplate the long history of The Catacombs of Paris.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in June, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

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

5
nights
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 Charlottenburg Palace. Let the collections at Neues Museum and German Historical Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Berlin side-trips: Tangermuende (Burg Tangermunde & Neustadter Tor), Neue Kammern (in Potsdam) and Tangermunder Gate (in Stendal). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, 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.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary planner .

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
nights
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 Westminster Abbey. 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 lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, explore the galleries of Churchill War Rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our London day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Berlin to London due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in London are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in London

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague holiday planning app .

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.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
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Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument ©
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

3
nights
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 Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar) for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hospital in the Rock and Room Escape Games. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Budapest online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Prague in June: highs in Budapest hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 56°F. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Munich.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

2
nights
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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Munich trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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

2
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.
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.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online day trip planner .

Fly from Munich to Amsterdam in 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.

Things to do in Amsterdam

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
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.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Cannes by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 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, #Shopping

Side Trips

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

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