40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train to Dyce, Fly to Pulkovo
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Ravello, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
9
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
11
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle will appeal to history buffs. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Royal Yacht Britannia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Edinburgh, make a side trip to see Stirling Castle in Stirling, approximately Stirling away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Giles' Cathedral, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Edinburgh road trip planning website.

Boston, USA to Edinburgh is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Edinburgh. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Boston in July; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Inverness.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Visiting Aigas Field Centre and Nairn Beach will get you outdoors. Urquhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Glen Strathfarrar (in Beauly) and All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop (in Ardelve). There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fort George, step into the grandiose world of Cawdor Castle, take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and contemplate the long history of Beauly Priory.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Inverness driving holiday planner.

Drive from Edinburgh to Inverness in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inverness are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

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.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The State Hermitage Museum and Kazan Cathedral. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, see the interesting displays at Chinese Palace, and contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Inverness to St. Petersburg in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Inverness to St. Petersburg. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inverness in July: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 72°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Vienna, Austria

— 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Schonbrunn Palace and Schonbrunner Gardens are in your itinerary. Belvedere Palace and The Hofburg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), and wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna.

To find ratings and other tourist information, go to the Vienna online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Vienna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Vienna is minus 2 hours. Traveling from St. Petersburg in July, you will find days in Vienna are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Matthias Church and Szechenyi Lanchid. Appreciate the collections at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) and House of Terror Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, make a trip to Heroes' Square, and take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip website.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online vacation planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Budapest in July since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Ravello, Italy

— 4 nights
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get in touch with nature at Fornillo and Lido Capo di Conca. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ravello: Positano (Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano & Nana' Positano). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Spiaggia di castiglione, stroll through Lido di Ravello, view the masterpieces at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, and steep yourself in history at Villa Rufolo.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Ravello trip maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Ravello in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Istanbul to Ravello, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ravello, with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, delve into the mystery of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Ravello to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ravello in July since evenings lows in Rome dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

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 The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza del Campo and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Battistero di San Giovanni in Siena, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Florence when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Venice sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sainte-Chapelle and Montmartre. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker.

You can fly from Venice to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Venice in August, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14: