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
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Belém Tower, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Lisbon is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Barcelona online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planning app .

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Rome are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

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

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice travel planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In April in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and appreciate the history behind Hősök tere.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Budapest by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in April, plan for little chillier nights in Budapest, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, examine the collection at NaFilM: National film museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Budapest to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in April, you will find days in Prague are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
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.
Explore London's surroundings by going to Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Cotswold Archery (in Moreton-in-Marsh). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, contemplate the long history of Houses of Parliament, take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and walk around Hyde Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read London itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. May in London sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cotswold Archery, Cotswolds Distillery
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Cotswold Archery ©
Cotswold Archery
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

4
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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, don't miss a visit to Merrion Square, walk around St Stephens Green, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dublin holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from London to Dublin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
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14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol

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