40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly to Dusseldorf, Train to Frankfurt
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online travel route builder.

New Delhi, India to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Paris, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, The Markt, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Atomium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Delft (Maria van Jessekerk, The Hidden House of Madame de Berry, &more) and The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

Frankfurt, Germany

— 1 night

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): snap pictures at Alte Brucke, then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, then explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, and finally admire the striking features of Main Tower.

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You can drive from Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Nuremberg, Germany

— 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Dürer's House, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, and finally snap pictures at Karlsbruecke.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg journey builder tool.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Nuremberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In December in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Prague.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Charles Bridge, admire the striking features of Dancing House, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Prague online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Nuremberg to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, get to know the resident critters at Schönbrunn Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

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You can fly from Prague to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Vienna, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, and take in the exciting artwork at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Budapest journey builder website.

Getting from Vienna to Budapest by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Assumption, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and finally make a trip to Tkalciceva.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zagreb holiday planning site.

You can drive from Budapest to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 3 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Explore Ljubljana's surroundings by going to Bled (Triglav National Park, St. Martin's Parish Church, &more) and Pokljuka Gorge (in Krnica). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Tivoli Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ljubljana day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Ljubljana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Venice, Italy

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Padua (Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ljubljana in December, with highs in Venice at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and finally get lost in a book at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, catch a live performance at La Casa Maledetta, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan tour planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, and then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip planner.

Fly from Milan to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Milan, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, about 38 minutes away. See even more of Paris: explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip website.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9: