40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lahore, Pakistan
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
9
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
10
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Lahore, Pakistan

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Istiklal Street, take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Istanbul tour itinerary planning site .

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Lahore in February: highs in Istanbul hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

4
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). Shop till you drop at Andrassy Avenue and Central Market Hall. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and shop like a local with Vaci Street.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Budapest online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Budapest hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Hofburg and Haus der Musik Wien. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Wien Museum, and contemplate the long history of Karlskirche.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Schwarzenberg Palace and St. George's Basilica. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, steep yourself in history at Old Royal Palace, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Prague travel route builder app .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and Ponte dei Sospiri. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip builder app .

Fly from Prague to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Prague in February: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at Piazza del Campo and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Siena and Basilica of Santa Croce. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Siena
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Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In February in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and stop by Montmartre.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker website .

You can fly from Rome to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in February, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Begijnhof. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take a stroll through Leidseplein, and view the masterpieces at Renssen Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam itinerary builder site .

Getting from Paris to Amsterdam by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

5
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Let the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Tretyakov's Gallery capture your imagination. Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Center of the Mikhail Chemyakin, get a taste of the local shopping with Photogallery Rachmaninov Garden, and explore the world behind art at MARS Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to St. Petersburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in St. Petersburg at 2°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 11:
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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