40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Armenia, Colombia
fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
13
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
14
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  22 h
End: Armenia, Colombia

2
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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Let the collections at Stadel Museum and Deutsches Architekturmuseum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like German Film Museum and Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dreikonigskirche, and see the interesting displays at Museum fur Kommunikation.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt trip maker tool .

Armenia, Colombia to Frankfurt is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Armenia in June, expect Frankfurt to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums
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Sachsenhausen
Sachsenhausen
German Film Museum ©
German Film Museum
Museum fur Kommunikation ©
Museum fur Kommunikation

3
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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.
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Pergamonmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Potsdam's Gardens and Neues Palais. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial, and admire the striking features of Die Hackeschen Hoefe.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Berlin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens

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.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

Before you visit Amsterdam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Guild Houses, make a trip to Grand Place, then explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, then steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at MOOF Museum, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels, and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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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.
On the 19th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then step aboard Cutty Sark, and finally don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at The Courtauld Gallery, then wander the streets of Westminster, then get engrossed in the history at British Library, and finally see the interesting displays at Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the London day trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to London due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sainte-Chapelle and Musee Somme 1916. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Atelier des Lumieres capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Lochnagar Crater (in Ovillers-la-Boisselle), Adelaide Cemetery (in Villers-Bretonneux) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Adelaide Cemetery, Musee Somme 1916, Lochnagar Crater, Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alcazar of Segovia and Museo Sorolla. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Prado National Museum and Plaza Mayor. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Catedral de Segovia (in Segovia), Avila (The Walls of Avila, The Four Posts, &more) and Plaza mayor de Chinchon (in Chinchon). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza, take in the exciting artwork at Cava Baja Gallery, stop by Barrio de Salamanca, and pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in June, with highs in Madrid at 87°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Avila, Segovia, Plaza mayor de Chinchon, Historic Walled Town of Cuenca, Catedral de Santa Maria de Siguenza
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The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in June, you will find days in Barcelona are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional ©

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio. Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace will appeal to museum buffs. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Duomo di Pisa in Pisa, approximately Pisa away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the galleries of Cappella Brancacci, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip maker tool .

Fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Duomo di Pisa
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Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Visit Colosseum and Palatine Hill for their historical value. Let the collections at Stanze di Raffaello and ALEFBET capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Necropoli di Tarquinia (in Tarquinia), Orvieto (Ceramiche Giacomini & Duomo di Orvieto) and Mercato di Civitavecchia (in Civitavecchia). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Orvieto, Necropoli di Tarquinia, Mercato di Civitavecchia
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro

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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 8th (Wed): wander the streets of Cannaregio, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Venice visit site .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo Teatrale alla Scala, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, then explore the world behind art at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Musee Paleontologique de Zurich, examine the collection at Zoological Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and finally examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Confiserie Sprungli, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, and finally don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Milan in July, with highs in Zurich at 78°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Peter's Church and Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Viktualienmarkt and Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedral of St Peter's in Regensburg (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Schleissheim, and explore the world behind art at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Munich road trip planning site .

Drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Regensburg, Oberschleissheim
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Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim ©
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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