40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Split, Croatia
— 6 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  9​h
3
Ancona, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 7 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

6
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Jaksic Gallery and The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip. Get outdoors at Paklina Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Dubovica Beach (in Zarace), Senjkovic Winery (in Nerezisca) and Hvar (Spanjola, Hvar Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum uja, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, and learn about winemaking at Bedalov Winery.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Split trip itinerary app .

Edmonton, Canada to Split is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Split. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in May, with highs in Split at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hvar, Skrip, Senjkovic Winery, Jaksic Gallery, Bedalov Winery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip ©
The Island of Brac Museum - Skrip
Museum uja ©
Museum uja

2
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Zadar travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Split to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zadar when traveling from Split in May, with lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Ancona.

Things to do in Zadar

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum of Illusions ©
Museum of Illusions
Archaeological Museum Zadar ©
Archaeological Museum Zadar
Natura Zara wine & more ©
Natura Zara wine & more

3
nights
Ancona, Italy

Ancona ©
Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997. Do some cultural sightseeing at Azienda Agraria Guerrieri and Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baia di Portonovo and Spiaggia dei Sassi Neri. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ancona: Casa Leopardi (in Recanati), Beach of the Two Sisters (in Sirolo) and Museo del Pianoforte Storico e del Suono (in Fabriano). There's much more to do: Head underground at Grotte di Frasassi, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale San Ciriaco, enjoy breathtaking views from Rocca Medievale Di Offagna, and get outside with Mezzavalle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ancona holiday planner.

Ride a ferry from Zadar to Ancona in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ancona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Ancona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fabriano, Sirolo, Grotte di Frasassi, Azienda Agraria Guerrieri, Santuario Della Santa Casa
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Azienda Agraria Guerrieri ©
Azienda Agraria Guerrieri
Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano ©
Baia di Portonovo ©
Baia di Portonovo

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Get outdoors at Catacombe di San Callisto and V Lounge Beach Club. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, wander the streets of Trastevere, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and view the masterpieces at Soqquadro APS.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site .

You can drive from Ancona to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and M.G. Design. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pitti Palace and Basilica di Santa Croce. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca), Bagno Maurizio (in Viareggio) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online itinerary planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Castello del Trebbio, Bagno Maurizio, Canyon Park, Val d'Orcia, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Head to La Croisette and Lavallie Bijoux et Joailleriefor plenty of shopping. Pierini Verre contemporain and Villa Domergue will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Nice (Vieille Ville & Musée Marc Chagall). Next up on the itinerary: browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands, and wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cannes trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Florence to Cannes in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nice, Pierini Verre contemporain
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

7
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 Thyssen-Bornemisza. Shop till you drop at Mercado San Miguel and Gran Via. Venture out of the city with trips to Segovia (Valle del Clamores, Old City, & more) and Casco Historico de Toledo (in Toledo). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, take a stroll through Chueca, add some entertainment to your itinerary with La Casa Encendida, and take in the exciting artwork at Sabrina Amrani Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Cannes to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Outdoors Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Segovia, Casco Historico de Toledo
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

8
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.
Let the collections at Museu Picasso and En construccio capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Begur (Playa Sa Riera, L'illa Roja, & more), Tamariu (Aigua Xelida & La playa de Tamariu) and S'Agaro (San Pol Beach & Camino de Ronda). The adventure continues: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and enjoy the sand and surf at Platja Port Bo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Barcelona online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in June, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Begur, S'Agaro, Tamariu, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Platja de Canyelles
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

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