40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  15​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  5​h
3
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 11 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
9
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
10
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
End: Rome, Italy

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then take in the exciting artwork at Art and Office - Tintin and Comics, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, then take in the dramatic natural features at Colle del Gianicolo, and then take in the exciting artwork at Soqquadro APS.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online visit planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Rome to be much colder, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Munich Residenz and Nymphenburg Palace. For shopping fun, head to Viktualienmarkt or Gallerie Thomas. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, get a taste of the local shopping with Kunsthalle Munich, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and take in the exciting artwork at lothringer13.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Munich trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Rome to Munich in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in January: high temperatures in Munich hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek
Neue Pinakothek ©
Neue Pinakothek

2
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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping
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Sammlung Hoffman ©
Sammlung Hoffman
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Soviet Gallery ©
Soviet Gallery

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Fly from Berlin to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Palma de Mallorca.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

11
nights
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
For shopping fun, head to Sea Yogi Palma or Igor Morski Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Cuevas del Drach and CCA Andratx. Get out of town with these interesting Palma de Mallorca side-trips: Church of Felanitx (in Felanitx), Playa de Muro (in Playa de Muro) and Studio Weil (in Port d'Andratx). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma, see the interesting displays at Juniper Serra's Missions (Street Museum), get a taste of the local shopping with Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation in Mallorca, and get engrossed in the history at Finca Publica Son Real.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Palma de Mallorca trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Palma de Mallorca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Paris in January, you will find days in Palma de Mallorca are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Valldemossa, Alcudia, Finca Publica Son Real, CCA Andratx, La Granja de Esporles
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Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Cuevas del Drach ©
Cuevas del Drach
Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma ©
Museu Fundacion Juan March Palma

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Shop till you drop at Centro de Exposiciones Arte Canal and Alcion Art Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Puerto de Navacerrada – Estacion de Esqui, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, take a stroll through Gran Via, and get a taste of the local shopping with Casa de America.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid travel route planning website .

You can fly from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in February, you will find days in Madrid are little chillier (13°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

4
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Enoteca Iemmallo. Museo Etnografico E Naturalistico Val Sanagra and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Monte Legnoncino (in Introzzo) and Sacro Monte di Ossuccio (in Ossuccio). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Grona, and see the interesting displays at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Milan route planner.

Getting from Madrid to Milan by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Museo Etnografico E Naturalistico Val Sanagra, Monte Legnoncino, Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, Monte Grona
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Pinacoteca di Brera ©
Pinacoteca di Brera
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 10th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell and then make a trip to Piazza Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, view the masterpieces at Bologna Fotografata. Tre Secoli di Sguardi, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then browse for treasures at Abacanto Home, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bologna trip itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Milan to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Bologna sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Monte Adone, Castello Estense
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Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna ©
Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 12th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and then shop like a local with I Mosaici Di Lastrucci. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at M.G. Design, shop like a local with Limbo Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Scarpelli Mosaici, then view the masterpieces at Collezione Roberto Casamonti, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Bologna to Florence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. February in Florence sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Colosseum and Galleria Borghese are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Asd L'Aquila di Mare and Accademia dell'Avventura. See even more of Rome: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, view the masterpieces at Body Worlds - Il Ciclo della Vita, shop like a local with I Colori di Dentro di Maria Grazia Luffarelli, and take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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