40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Train to Kartal, Train to Konya, Bus to Goreme
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Bus to Belek, Taxi to Antalya
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 13 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Balat, Taksim Square and Topkapi Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryem Ana Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul travel route website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, you will find days in Istanbul are colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Goreme, Turkey — 3 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Balloon Rides has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): do a tasting at Kocabag Winery and then look for gifts at Antik Galeri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip maker.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in November, Goreme is much colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 2 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Kecili Park, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, then visit Kaleici, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in November, things will get a bit warmer in Antalya: highs are around 25°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Rome, Italy — 13 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Bunker Soratte (in Sant'Oreste), Spas (in Guidonia Montecelio) and Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Rome in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Antalya to Rome. Traveling from Antalya in November, expect nights in Rome to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zoo Zurich has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip maker tool.

Fly from Rome to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in November, with highs in Zurich at 10°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 day

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lucerne tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Grindelwald.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, and then examine the collection at Grindelwald Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Jungfraujoch and then stroll through Bussalp.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald travel app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Tours · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks
Side Trip
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): hop aboard Scenic Railroads, steep yourself in history at Mountain guides’ memorial, and then get great views at Viewpoint Kirchbrucke bridge. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, get a new perspective on things with Fly Fish Zermatt, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zermatt road trip planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery 26, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Nice in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Paris, France — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

Plan trip to Paris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Paris is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.
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Side Trip
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam route planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Cappadocia travel guide

4.7
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.
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Antalya Province travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Swiss Alps travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Observation Decks · Mountains
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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