40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
1
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Valletta, Malta
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
York, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
End: Rome, Italy


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5
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: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome road trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

5
nights
Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Valletta is known for historic sites, parks, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of St. John's Co-Cathedral, explore the striking landscape at Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), explore the ancient world of Hagar Qim Temples, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Valletta travel route planner .

You can fly from Rome to Valletta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Rome in December, things will get a bit warmer in Valletta: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint Julian's, Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), Marsaxlokk Bay, Hagar Qim Temples, Fort Rinella
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St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum ©
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Upper Barrakka Gardens ©
Upper Barrakka Gardens

7
nights
Athens, Greece

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens to go to Sounio and see Temple of Poseidon, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, make a trip to Ancient Agora of Athens, take a stroll through Monastiraki, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Valletta to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in December, plan for little chillier nights in Athens, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Temple of Poseidon
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Food Tours
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

5
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Athens to Paris in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in December, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Tower of London, take in the views from Tower Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and finally step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our London trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in London are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to York.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

4
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
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.
Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at York Maze. There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Brew York, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at York Castle Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at The York Dungeon.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our York day trip app .

You can take a train from London to York in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
Brew York ©
Brew York
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, get curious at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Edinburgh online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from York to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

4
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Prague day trip planner .

Fly from Edinburgh to Prague in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Prague. When traveling from Edinburgh in December, plan for slightly colder days in Prague, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On your second day here, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Venice road trip website .

You can fly from Prague to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rome.

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

1
night
Rome, Italy

On the 5th (Sun), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the ancient world of Forum of Augustus, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Make your Rome itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in January; daily highs in Rome reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Food Tours
Room Escape Games
Forum of Augustus ©
Forum of Augustus

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