40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Train
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Durness, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral Primada and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Step out of Madrid with an excursion to Palacio de Galiana in Toledo--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor.

Discover how to plan a Madrid trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Santiago, Chile to Madrid is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 5 hours. November in Madrid sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and finally visit El Barri Gòtic. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and then admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planning website.

Take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in November, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 65°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

3
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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Duomo di Siena and Museo Nazionale del Bargello will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Florence Academy of Fine Arts capture your imagination. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Piazza del Campo in Siena, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence tour builder site.

Fly from Barcelona to Florence in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

4
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome trip site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

3
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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

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.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Istanbul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Rome in December, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites

3
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Vienna, Austria

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Belvedere Palace and Albertina will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Center of Vienna and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at MuseumsQuartier Wien, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and don't miss a visit to Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Vienna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Vienna is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Vienna is slightly colder at night with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Prague, Czech Republic

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, then stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, take in the views from Charles Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip builder.

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Prague sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums

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Stockholm, Sweden

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen. On your second day here, visit Stockholm Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, and then see the interesting displays at Skansen.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Stockholm trip planner.

Getting from Prague to Stockholm by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Paris, France

City of Light

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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Sainte-Chapelle. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 47°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

3
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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

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 Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Step off the beaten path and head to Saint Bavo's Cathedral and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and contemplate the long history of Maison d'Erasme.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally contemplate the long history of Begijnhof.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam journey planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Durness.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Durness, United Kingdom

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. You'll get in some beach time at Sandwood Bay Beach and Oldshoremore Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Durness Beach and Rispond Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Holburn Head Lighthouse (in Scrabster), Falls of Kirkaig (in Inverkirkaig) and Clachtoll Beach Campsite (in Clachtoll). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balnakeil Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sango Bay, and explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Durness tour planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Durness in 18 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Durness due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durness

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips