40 days in Europe Itinerary

40 days in Europe Itinerary

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40 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 day
3
Brasov, Romania
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
7
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Zadar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
11
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
12
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
13
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4
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 in touch with nature at Golden Horn and Great Camlica Estate Park. You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Triada Church, and take a stroll through Sultanahmet District.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Istanbul itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 6 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, with highs in Istanbul at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

1
day
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Ferma Animalelor, see the interesting displays at Village Museum (Muzeul Satului), then take a stroll through Lipscani, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Biserica Stavropoleos.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Bucharest sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Istanbul to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, Bucharest is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ferma Animalelor
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Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lipscani
Lipscani

5
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Peles Castle and Râșnov Citadel. Museum-lovers will get to explore Bran Castle and Prima Școală Românească. Venture out of the city with trips to Făgăraș Fortress (in Fagaras), Horror House Bran (in Bran) and Sinaia (Pelisor Castle, Bucegi Mountains, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Cascada și Canionul 7 Scări, find something for the whole family at Parc Aventura Brasov, hit the slopes at Poiana Brasov, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tampa.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brasov trip generator.

Getting from Bucharest to Brasov by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sinaia, Bran, Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, Canionul Șapte Scări, Rasnov Citadel
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Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at House of Terror and Hospital in the Rock. Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Residence Parliament, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), explore the activities along Danube, and contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner.

You can drive from Brasov to Budapest in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Brasov to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle

1
night
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Croatian Museum of Naive Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, then wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), then get to know the fascinating history of Recreational Sports Center Jarun, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zagreb sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Zagreb takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Zagreb are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Zagreb

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©
Mirogoj Cemetery ©
Mirogoj Cemetery

4
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vrelo Bosne and Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bascarsija and Gallery 11/07/95. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Svrzo House, examine the collection at Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, and make a trip to Vijećnica.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Zagreb to Sarajevo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sarajevo can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Galerija 11/07/95 ©
Galerija 11/07/95
Vrelo Bosne ©
Vrelo Bosne

1
night
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar ©
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 19th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Kajtaz House, then view the masterpieces at Art Studio Pandur, then examine the collection at Bosnian National Monument Muslibegovic House, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mostar trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Mostar is somewhat warmer than Sarajevo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Parks Nature Museums
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) ©
Old Bridge (Stari Most)
Kajtaz House ©
Kajtaz House

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Lapad and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Gornji Ugao Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, then steep yourself in history at Stradun, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Mostar to Dubrovnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in June, expect nights in Dubrovnik to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Stradun ©
Stradun
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

3
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zadar Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Church of the Holy Cross, make a trip to Paseo Maritimo, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ancient Glass, don't miss a visit to The Greeting to the Sun, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ), and finally see the interesting displays at Archeological Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zadar holiday planner.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Zadar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zadar when traveling from Dubrovnik in June, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Paklenica National Park, The Church of the Holy Cross
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Paklenica National Park ©
Paklenica National Park
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Bled and Kobariški muzej d.o.o.. Ljubljana Castle and Predjama Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Loški muzej Škofja Loka (in Skofja Loka), Skocjan Caves (in Divaca), Liznjekova house (in Kranjska Gora) and Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) (in Bled). There's more to do: take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town and snap pictures at Tromostovje.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana vacation builder.

You can drive from Zadar to Ljubljana in 6.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zadar in June: highs in Ljubljana hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bled, Kobarid Museum (Kobariski muzej), Predjama Castle, Liznjekova house
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Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle
Ljubljanski Grad ©
Ljubljanski Grad
Bled Castle ©
Bled Castle

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nationalpark Donau-Auen and Allander Tropfsteinhohle. Step off the beaten path and head to Weinweg Langenlois and Lake Neusiedl. Step out of Vienna with an excursion to Steinwandklamm in Muggendorf--about 1:10 hours away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephen's Cathedral and pause for some serene contemplation at Schottenkirche.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Ljubljana to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Vienna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Neusiedl, Allander Tropfsteinhohle, Weinweg Langenlois, Steinwandklamm, Nationalpark Donau-Auen
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schottenkirche ©
Schottenkirche
Steinwandklamm ©
Steinwandklamm

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): shop like a local with Ulica Florianska. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Jewish District (Kazimierz), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wieliczka Salt Mine, examine the collection at Oskar Schindler's Factory, see the interesting displays at Lost souls alley, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Adalbert, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip generator.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Vienna to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Krakow are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
Prague Astronomical Clock and The Powder Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Czech Paradise and St. George Forest (Svatojirsky les). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Prague: Vanov Waterfalls (in Usti nad Labem) and Hruba Skala - Rock City (in Turnov). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Bohemian Switzerland Natural Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Town Square, identify plant and animal life at Devil's Channel, and make a trip to Charles Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague trip generator.

Traveling by car from Krakow to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Turnov, Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Vanov Waterfalls, St. George Forest (Svatojirsky les)
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Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prasna brana ©
Prasna brana
Bohemian Switzerland National Park ©

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