40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
train:  9​h 30​min
1
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Hyeres, France
— 4 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  6​h
11
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Vigne di Raito and Villa Rufolo. Venture out of the city with trips to Positano (Fornillo & Bagni d'Arienzo).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ravello day trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Ravello is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Ravello due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Ravello hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Ravello

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Positano, Amalfi, Le Vigne di Raito
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Spiaggia di castiglione ©
Spiaggia di castiglione
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Get some cultural insight at Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip app .

You can do a combination of subway and train from Ravello to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ravello in September, Rome is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Campanile di Giotto and Palazzo Vecchio will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Guardastelle Vineyard in San Gimignano (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Guardastelle Vineyard
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Casa Batllo and Vila Vella (Old Town). Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, pick up some local products at La Boqueria, and stroll around Parc Guell.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona day trip planning site .

Fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Florence in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Belém Tower and Castelo dos Mouros will appeal to history buffs. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, wander the streets of Alfama, and shop like a local with Rossio Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Westminster Abbey and Tower of London. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, head outdoors with Moose X-Training Ltd, make a trip to Big Ben, and get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the London online day trip planner .

Getting from Lisbon to London by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in October, things will get little chillier in London: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, admire the striking features of Provinciaal Hof, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Salvador Dali Exhibition. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, stroll around Minnewaterpark, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges.

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You can drive from London to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Bruges due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): wander the streets of Place St. Gery, don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Atomium, then delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and then head outdoors with Piscine L'Espadon.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip builder website .

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Brussels, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Marais and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hyeres.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

4
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Head to The Orange Tree Galerie and Cave de la Captefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Chateau d'Hyeres. Step out of Hyeres with an excursion to Plage de Sylvabelle in La Croix-Valmer--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La plage, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon, and stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Hyeres takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in October: high temperatures in Hyeres hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, The Orange Tree Galerie, Les Gorges du Verdon, Plage de Sylvabelle
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier

5
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.
Shop till you drop at La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale and Prosciutto e Parmigiano ham&cheese To Go. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, wander the streets of Cannaregio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campo del Ghetto, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Alberoni.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hyeres to Venice takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hyeres in October: highs in Venice hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Schloss Nymphenburg and Neuschwanstein Castle. Visit St. Peter's Church and Haidhausen for their historical value. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munich trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, Munich is slightly colder than Venice - with highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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