40 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly to Dubrovnik, Bus to Kotor
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Alberche, then take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. April in Madrid sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

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 Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica de la Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), look for gifts at Cellarer, pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Barcelona are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Palma de Mallorca.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of the Balearic Islands

Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
On the 20th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Banos Arabes, then look for gifts at El Raco d'Hermes, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Muro, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Coves de Campanet. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Castell de Bellver, then look for gifts at Tara's, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Mallorca, and finally kick back and relax at Platja d'es Trenc.

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Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Cassetin du Diable and Trois Fenetres. Get a sense of the local culture at Carrieres des Lumieres and The Panier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: La Calanque de Figuerolles (in La Ciotat), L'Avenue 83 (in La Valette-du-Var) and Le Caviste de Maussane (in Maussane-les-Alpilles). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, visit Cours Mirabeau, and stop by 72% Petanque.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marseille day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Palma de Mallorca to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 3 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Shop till you drop at Villa Noailles and Maison du Chocolat Et Cacao. Chartreuse de la Verne and St. Tropez Harbor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Daskalides Chocolatier (in La Londe Les Maures), Marche sur Bormes les Mimosas (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Hyeres (Couleurs d'enfance & Vieille Ville). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, contemplate the long history of Abbaye du Thoronet, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. April in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 3 nights

Festival City

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.
Do your shopping at La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Juan les Pins Main Beach, step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, wander the streets of Le Suquet, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cannes, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Cannes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Castel Plage and Plage de Passable. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Getting from Cannes to Nice by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Venture out of the city with trips to Al Puunt-Snack Beach Bar (in Griante), Enoteca Principessa (in Bellagio) and Spiaggia di Onno (in Oliveto Lario). There's more to do: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Milan online vacation planner.

Getting from Nice to Milan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Milan are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For shopping fun, head to Florence Shop 4 It or Mercato Centrale. Get a sense of the local culture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Castello del Trebbio. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence online route planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Florence sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 11th (Sat), contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, stop by L'Artigianato, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and finally take a stroll through Via Condotti.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Doge's Palace and Dorsoduro. Basilica di San Marco and Campo del Ghetto will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Blue Moon in Lido di Venezia, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza San Marco, look for gifts at Bragora, and wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Kotor.
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Kotor, Montenegro — 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Let the collections at Maritime Museum and King Nicholas Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of Our Lady of the Rocks and Castle Of San Giovanni. Go for a jaunt from Kotor to Bečići to see Bečići Beach about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kotor Old City, explore the ancient world of St. Tryphon Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kotor City Walls & Fortress.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor visit planning app.

Getting from Venice to Kotor by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In May, daily temperatures in Kotor can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia — 5 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
You'll explore and learn at Rector's Palace and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Srebreno Beach and Sveti Jakov Beach. Take a break from Dubrovnik with a short trip to Skatulica in Cavtat, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, appreciate the extensive heritage of Stradun, and stop by Vina Milicic.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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