40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 1 night
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Bari, Italy
— 2 nights
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Patras, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Heraklion, Greece
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore and learn at HMS Belfast and The British Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Westminster Abbey and Westminster. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, and stop by Fortnum & Mason.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the London trip website.

San Francisco, USA to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to London due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in London hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Paris, France — 5 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Marmottan Monet and Ile Saint-Louis. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Fondation Louis Vuitton, wander the streets of Latin Quarter, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and make a trip to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

Lyon, France — 2 nights

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville de Lyon, take a stroll through La Place Bellecour, and then examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere.

Find out how to plan Lyon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Nice, France — 3 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musée Marc Chagall and Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Old Harbor (La Darse). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice day trip planning tool.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Lyon in May, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Genoa, Italy — 2 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Palazzo San Giorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Genoa trip website.

You can drive from Nice to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June in Genoa, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Florence.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Florence, Italy — 6 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Centro Storico and Palazzo Vecchio are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Castello di Monteriggioni in Monteriggioni--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence visit planner.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Genoa in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Find places to stay Jun 5 — 11:

Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. June in Rome sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Naples.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:

Naples, Italy — 1 night

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 17th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, then engage your brain at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, then admire the masterpieces at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, and finally delve into the distant past at Teatro Grande. On the next day, delve into the distant past at House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), delve into the distant past at Terme del Foro, delve into the distant past at Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, delve into the distant past at Forum, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa dei Misteri, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Naples vacation planner.

Take a train from Rome to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Naples, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bari.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Bari, Italy — 2 nights

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Il Succorpo della Cattedrale di Bari and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Di Giovinazzo. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Palazzo Mincuzzi.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bari holiday planner.

Drive from Naples to Bari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Bari, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Patras.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Patras, Greece — 1 night

Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215km west of Athens. On the 21st (Tue), stop by Samovar Natural Cosmetics and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Tou Agiou Andrea. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of Science and Technology and then take in the history at Nafpaktos Old Port.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Patras online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Bari to Patras in 14 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Patras can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.
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Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

Athens, Greece — 3 nights

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Hephaestus and Erechtheion. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis of Athens and Philopappos Hill. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, and don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Athens trip website.

You can drive from Patras to Athens in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Patras in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 70°F in Athens. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Heraklion.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

Heraklion, Greece — 3 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Heraklion Archaeological Museum and The Natural History Museum of Crete. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Winery Stilianou and Irida Family Workshop. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Titus, admire the masterpieces at Kazantzakis Museum, and learn about winemaking at Douloufakis Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Heraklion online day trip planner.

You can fly from Athens to Heraklion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Heraklion: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.
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