40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hervey Bay, Australia
Fly:  28 h
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Bilbao, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Leon, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
12
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Albufeira, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
14
Seville, Spain
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
15
Malaga, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
16
Almeria, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
17
Cartagena, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
18
Valencia, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
19
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Hervey Bay, Australia

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc de Montjuic. Do your shopping at Passeig de Gracia and Mercat Santa Caterina. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, see the interesting displays at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and stop by L'Eixample District.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona trip planner.

Hervey Bay, Australia to Barcelona is an approximately 28- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Hervey Bay to Barcelona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hervey Bay in April, expect Barcelona to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 13°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Andorra la Vella ©
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
On the 2nd (Sat), head outdoors with Rec de l'Obac and then get outside with Rec del Sola.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Andorra la Vella online vacation planner.

You can drive from Barcelona to Andorra la Vella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Montpellier.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Casa de la Vall ©
Casa de la Vall
Barri Antic ©
Barri Antic
Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella ©
Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella

3
nights
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
You'll explore and learn at Musee Fabre and Anne Clergue Galerie. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise St-Trophime and Le Pavillon Populaire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) (in Arles) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de Maguelone, admire the masterpieces at Espace Dominique Bagouet, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, and take an in-depth tour of Musee du Vieux Montpellier.

For photos and tourist information, go to the Montpellier visit website.

Getting from Andorra la Vella to Montpellier by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Toulouse.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arles, Cathedrale de Maguelone, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre

1
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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Espace EDF Bazacle and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

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You can take a train from Montpellier to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Shopping
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Espace EDF Bazacle ©
Espace EDF Bazacle
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Quai de la Daurade ©
Quai de la Daurade

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nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll explore and learn at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez and Musee d'Aquitaine. Visit Place de la Bourse and Église Notre-Dame for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Michel, and examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux travel route planner.

Take a train from Toulouse to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Musee d'Aquitaine ©
Musee d'Aquitaine
Musee du Vin et du Negoce ©
Musee du Vin et du Negoce

1
night
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ©
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France close to Ostabat in the Pyrenean foothills. On the 10th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption. and then look for gifts at Chocolaterie Laia.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port tour builder tool.

Drive from Bordeaux to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption., Chocolaterie Laia
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Chocolaterie Laia ©
Chocolaterie Laia

1
night
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of La Ribera Market, then take an in-depth tour of Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, and then examine the collection at Torre Loizaga.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bilbao online trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Bilbao by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Madrid.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Torre Loizaga
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Torre Loizaga ©
Torre Loizaga
La Ribera Market ©
La Ribera Market
Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum ©
Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Sorolla and Cava Baja Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Walls of Avila and The Four Posts. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Avila (Basilica de San Vicente & Cathedral of Avila) and Plaza mayor de Chinchon (in Chinchon). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, wander the streets of La Latina, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio de Salamanca.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Madrid trip builder website.

Fly from Bilbao to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Leon.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Avila, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Plaza mayor de Chinchon ©
Plaza mayor de Chinchon

1
night
Leon, Spain

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. On the 15th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Leon trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Madrid to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, Leon is a bit cooler than Madrid - with highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Museums
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Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
Iglesia San Marcelo ©
Iglesia San Marcelo
Parroquia Nuestra Senora Del Mercado ©

1
night
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Igreja de San Fructuoso.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Compostela holiday builder site.

You can drive from Leon to Santiago de Compostela in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Santiago de Compostela are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Historic Sites Museums
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Igreja de San Fructuoso ©
Igreja de San Fructuoso
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela
Museo Casa de la Troya ©
Museo Casa de la Troya

3
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Torre dos Clerigos and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Palacio da Bolsa or Livraria Lello. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, examine the collection at FC Porto Museum, stroll around Parque da Cidade do Porto, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. In May in Porto, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in May: highs in Lisbon hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Igreja de Sao Roque ©
Igreja de Sao Roque

1
night
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Seville.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia de Santa Eulalia ©
Praia de Santa Eulalia
Photography Tours

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nights
Seville, Spain

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Plaza de España and Catedral de Sevilla will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Alcázar of Seville and Las Duenas. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Casa de Pilatos, admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol), deepen your understanding at Royal Tobacco Factory, and browse the exhibits of Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Seville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Seville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Albufeira to Seville. In May, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malaga.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla

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Malaga, Spain

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
On the 26th (Tue), shop like a local with Mahatma Showroom and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Martires. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Alcazaba, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, examine the collection at Revello de Toro Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Malaga Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Episcopal Palace.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Malaga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Seville to Malaga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Malaga can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for Almeria.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano
Alcazaba ©
Alcazaba

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Almeria, Spain

Almeria ©
Almería is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Almeria.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Almeria using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Malaga to Almeria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Almeria can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cartagena.

Things to do in Almeria

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Almeria ©
Museum of Almeria

1
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Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Casa de la Fortuna, look for gifts at Centro de Artesania de Cartagena, and then examine the collection at Punic Wall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online route builder.

You can drive from Almeria to Cartagena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Cartagena are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Valencia.

Things to do in Cartagena

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Historico Militar de Cartagena ©
Punic Wall ©
Punic Wall
Casa de la Fortuna ©
Casa de la Fortuna

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats and Museu Faller de Valencia. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir, hunt for treasures at Central Market of Valencia, admire the striking features of Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), and ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento de Valencia.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Valencia holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Valencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Barcelona.

Things to do in Valencia

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): pick up some local products at La Boqueria. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, wander the streets of L'Eixample District, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Villa del Arte Galleries.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Valencia to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Valencia in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Barcelona, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri ©
Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
El Born ©
El Born

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