40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  15​min
3
Versailles, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Reims, France
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Sirmione, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Reggio Calabria, Italy
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7​h 15​min
11
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
12
Maiori, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Train + Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
14
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get some cultural insight at Rijksmuseum and De Duif. Venture out of the city with trips to Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stroll through Vondelpark, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and contemplate the long history of Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Amsterdam, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Haarlem
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe. Popular historic sites such as Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay.

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You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
nights
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles and then don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal, then make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors, then admire the striking features of Le Grand Trianon, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple de l'Amour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Versailles driving holiday planner .

Versailles is just a short distance from Paris. In August, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal

2
nights
Reims, France

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Reims journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Versailles to Reims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Versailles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Reims, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Reims

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims

2
nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square, and then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, then contemplate the long history of Vieux Monaco, and finally see the interesting displays at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Reims to Monte-Carlo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Reims in August, expect Monte-Carlo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Monaco-Ville
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Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip planning app .

Nice is just a short distance from Monte-Carlo. August in Nice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Villa Kerylos, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 17th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from The Nine Towers, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and then kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, and then get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nice to Lucerne in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in August, with highs in Lucerne at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sirmione.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Aare Gorge
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

2
nights
Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Get some cultural insight at Grotte di Catullo and Scaligero Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino and Centro Storico Sirmione. Step out of Sirmione with an excursion to Il Vittoriale degli Italiani in Gardone Riviera--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Cascina Maddalena, enjoy the sand and surf at Jamaica Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesetta di S. Anna.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sirmione trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Sirmione takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lucerne in August, with highs in Sirmione at 35°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sirmione

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
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Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino ©
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Pantheon. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Roman Forum. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Sirmione to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reggio Calabria.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Reggio Calabria, Italy

Reggio Calabria ©
Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio in Southern Italy, is the largest city and the most populated comune of Calabria, Southern Italy. Get some cultural insight at Chianalea di Scilla and The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola. Popular historic sites such as Piedigrotta Church and Castillo de Castelmola are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reggio Calabria: Tropea Beach (in Tropea) and Taormina (Corso Umberto, Isola Bella, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lungomare Falcomata and explore the world behind art at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Reggio Calabria online tour planner .

Fly from Rome to Reggio Calabria in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rome in August since evenings lows in Reggio Calabria dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Reggio Calabria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Taormina, Tropea, Chianalea di Scilla, Piedigrotta Church, Castillo de Castelmola
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Lungomare Falcomata ©
Lungomare Falcomata
Chianalea di Scilla ©
Chianalea di Scilla

4
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Borgo Storico di Manarola and Borgo Storico di Corniglia. Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco and Castello Doria will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, do a tasting at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, and take a stroll around Vernazza.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Reggio Calabria to Cinque Terre takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Reggio Calabria in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cinque Terre, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Maiori.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©

1
night
Maiori, Italy

Maiori ©
Maiori is a town and comune on the Amalfi coast in the province of Salerno . Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, make a trip to Villa Rufolo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, then contemplate the long history of Villa Romana e Antiquarium, then learn about winemaking at Le Vigne di Raito, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di San Nicola de Thoro-Plano.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Maiori vacation maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cinque Terre to Maiori. Traveling from Cinque Terre in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Maiori, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Maiori

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Le Vigne di Raito, Villa Romana e Antiquarium
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

2
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Church of Santa Maria Assunta, then kick back and relax at Fornillo, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with L'Uomo e il Mare.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Positano tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Maiori to Positano by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Positano, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Church of Santa Maria Assunta ©
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
Spiaggia Grande ©
Spiaggia Grande

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Palau Guell and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, subway, train, and flight from Positano to Barcelona in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. September in Barcelona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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