40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Durness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
10
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Estrela.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon driving holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Lisbon reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll explore and learn at Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Royal Palace of Madrid and Alcazar of Segovia. Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to The Walls of Avila (in Avila) and Catedral Primada (in Toledo). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and contemplate the long history of Casa de Campo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid online travel route builder.

Getting from Lisbon to Madrid by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Madrid. Traveling from Lisbon in April, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Walls of Avila, Catedral Primada, Alcazar of Segovia
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional and Montjuic Castle. Visiting Sailing Experience Barcelona and Playa de La Barceloneta will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. April in Barcelona sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional ©
Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Villa Adriana in Tivoli--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Colosseum, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip maker tool.

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Piazza del Duomo and Duomo di Siena are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore and Museo di San Marco will appeal to museum buffs. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Piazza del Campo in Siena, approximately Siena away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

Plan my day in Florence using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in May since evenings lows in Florence dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
Find places to stay May 2 — 6:
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Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica of St. Anthony. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Churchill War Rooms and Westminster Abbey. Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and take an in-depth tour of The British Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the London holiday maker app.

Traveling by flight from Venice to London takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in May; daily highs in London reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eilean Donan Castle and Glen Strathfarrar. Get some historical perspective at Urquhart Castle and Nigg Old Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin (in Cannich), Nairn Beach (in Nairn) and River Foyers (in Foyers). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Cairngorms National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Inverness trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from London to Inverness takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Inverness when traveling from London in May, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Durness.

Things to do in Inverness

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Urquhart Castle, Glen Strathfarrar, Cairngorms National Park, Nairn Beach
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Eilean Donan Castle ©
Eilean Donan Castle
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church

4
nights
Durness, United Kingdom

Durness ©
Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scourie Bay and Falls of Kirkaig. Escape the urban bustle at Sandwood Bay Beach and Oldshoremore Beach. Step out of Durness to go to Clachtoll and see Clachtoll Beach Campsite, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Balnakeil Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Rispond Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sango Bay.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Durness online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Durness takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Durness are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Durness

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kinlochbervie, Falls of Kirkaig, Clachtoll Beach Campsite, Scourie Bay
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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Sandwood Bay Beach ©
Sandwood Bay Beach
Oldshoremore Beach ©
Oldshoremore Beach
Clachtoll Beach Campsite ©
Clachtoll Beach Campsite

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Let the collections at Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland capture your imagination. Visit Edinburgh Old Town and Palace of Holyroodhouse for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, don't miss a visit to The Royal Mile, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, and contemplate the long history of The Real Mary King's Close.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh road trip planner.

You can drive from Durness to Edinburgh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

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