40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Mumbai, India

2
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.
On the 7th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker .

Mumbai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mumbai in July since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Budapest sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Budapest, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online trip planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and get your game on at Virtua.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona holiday maker website .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in July, you will find days in Barcelona are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris itinerary planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read London trip builder site .

Getting from Paris to London by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for a bit cooler days in London, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Old & New Photography ©
Old & New Photography
Houses of Parliament ©
Houses of Parliament
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

3
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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and get to know the resident critters at ARTIS.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam holiday planner.

You can fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Amsterdam is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, browse the exhibits of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Salzburg trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Salzburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Prague attractions planning site .

You can drive from Salzburg to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Food Tours
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti

4
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens, don't miss a visit to Stroeget, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and take in the waterfront at Nyhavn.

To see maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen visit app .

Fly from Prague to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Prague in August: highs in Copenhagen hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

4
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, take in nature's colorful creations at Rosendals Garden, and examine the collection at Skansen.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Stockholm trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. August in Stockholm sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Millesgarden
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, and step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online road trip planner .

Getting from Stockholm to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg is 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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