40 days in Europe & Dubai Itinerary

40 days in Europe & Dubai Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 10 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, wander the streets of Trastevere, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Auckland in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:

Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Duomo di Siena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Florence travel planning site.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

Venice, Italy — 2 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 Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Venice road trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Rathaus Stadt Luzern, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Zurich day trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in April; daily highs in Zurich reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Munich.
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Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 1:

Munich, Germany — 2 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Munich road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 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.
Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to Keukenhof in Lisse--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip builder.

Fly from Munich to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 10 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton) and Birdland (in Bourton-on-the-Water). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The British Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Abbey.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our London travel planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to London by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to London is minus 1 hour. May in London sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip website.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Dubai.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 3 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get out of town with these interesting Dubai side-trips: Abu Dhabi (St. Joseph's Cathedral, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, get engrossed in the history at Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort, make a splash at Wild Wadi Waterpark, and browse the different shops at The Dubai Mall.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dubai journey app.

Getting from Paris to Dubai by flight takes about 10 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in May, expect Dubai to be much hotter, temps between 44°C and 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 23: