40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Rastro as well as Stadio Santiago Bernabeu. Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque del Retiro and Plaza de Oriente. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the ancient world of Templo de Debod, see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Madrid sightseeing planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Madrid is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Madrid. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in December, with highs in Madrid at 14°C and lows at 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Vienna.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

7
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mariahilfer Strasse as well as Graben and Kohlmarkt. Kids will enjoy Schonbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: try out the rides at Prater, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, have fun and explore at ZOOM Kindermuseum, and admire the landmark architecture of Haus der Musik Wien.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vienna trip builder website .

Fly from Madrid to Vienna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Madrid in December, with highs in Vienna at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

5
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zoo Berlin and Victory Column (Siegessaule). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, admire the architecture and history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Vienna to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
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THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin
Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin ©
WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at De Nieuwe Kerk, then get your game on at Museumphoto, and finally have some family-friendly fun at VR GameHouse Amsterdam.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
Room Escape Games

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), then get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to The Markt, pause for some photo ops at Oude Griffie, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bruges visit planning tool .

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.
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The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges
Oude Griffie ©
Oude Griffie

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 6th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at Petrinska rozhledna, then explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, and finally wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Prague Zoo and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Prague day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bruges to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bruges in January, with highs in Prague at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Zoo ©
Prague Zoo
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Szechenyi Chain Bridge ©
Szechenyi Chain Bridge
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

2
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ada Ciganlija and Belgrade Zoo. There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Muzej Nikole Tesle (Nikola Tesla Museum), have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Belgrade, and make a trip to Skadarlija.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Belgrade trip planner.

Getting from Budapest to Belgrade by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Nikola Tesla Museum ©
Nikola Tesla Museum
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 13th (Mon), look and learn at Zagreb Observatory, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Maksimir, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zagreb Zoo, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun, take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Belgrade to Zagreb takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. January in Zagreb sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Zagreb

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Room Escape Games
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Maksimir ©
Maksimir

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planner.

You can drive from Zagreb to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zagreb in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and admire the striking features of Vatican Museums.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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