43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Seville, Spain
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
5
Ronda, Spain
— 2 nights
6
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
13
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palatine Hill and Piazza Venezia. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Duomo di Orvieto in Orvieto, about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campidoglio, and stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome route planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Rome is minus 9 hours. In June, Rome is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) and Plage de Gigaro (in La Croix-Valmer). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, don't miss a visit to Les Murs Peints, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Reformee de France.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cannes trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Cannes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Rome in June, plan for little chillier days in Cannes, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Plage de Gigaro, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): wander the streets of El Born, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then admire the striking features of Casa Amatller, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally wander the streets of Barri de Gracia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Ciutat Vella, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cannes in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seville.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
El Born ©
El Born

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Royal Alcázar of Seville, contemplate the long history of Royal Tobacco Factory, then admire the striking features of Plaza de España, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. On the next day, admire the striking features of Catedral de Sevilla, appreciate the extensive heritage of Plaza del Triunfo, explore the world behind art at Las Duenas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de los Marineros, then explore the ancient world of Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Magdalena.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seville trip planner .

Fly from Barcelona to Seville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Seville, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Ronda.

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

2
nights
Ronda, Spain

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Ronda, explore the ancient world of Baños Arabes, snap pictures at Roman Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Paseo de Blas Infante, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda, and finally make a trip to Alameda Del Tajo. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Puente Viejo, steep yourself in history at Puerta de Almocabar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor, get engrossed in the history at Museo Del Bandolero, then examine the collection at Museo Lara, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Don Bosco.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ronda trip site .

You can take a bus from Seville to Ronda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Ronda are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Ronda

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Baños Arabes ©
Baños Arabes
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor ©
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor

2
nights
Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 10th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Monasterio Cartuja, get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Mayor de Granada, explore the historical opulence of Nasrid Palaces, then contemplate the long history of La Madraza, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Chapel of Granada. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de San Juan de Dios, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Jerome Monastery, then admire the natural beauty at Generalife, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Guadix Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ronda to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Granada sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Guadix Cathedral
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Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas
Generalife ©
Generalife
Royal Chapel of Granada ©
Royal Chapel of Granada

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.
Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Paris takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Granada in July, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Body Worlds, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, then examine the collection at Museum of Bags and Purses, then get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and finally contemplate the long history of Portuguese Synagogue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the activities along The Amstel.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Body Worlds ©
Body Worlds
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam ©
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam

3
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.
Let the collections at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, steep yourself in history at Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen, take in the history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, and see the interesting displays at Classic Remise Berlin.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Neues Museum ©
Neues Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek. Venture out of the city with trips to Skydiving (in Oberstdorf), Eisenbahnfreunde Munchen Sudost (in Otterfing) and Museum der Stadt Fussen (in Fussen). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, explore the world behind art at New Pinakothek, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Munich road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Eisenbahnfreunde Munchen Sudost, Skydiving, Museum der Stadt Fussen, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Explore hidden gems such as Salzburger Altstadt and St. Blasius Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mozarts Geburtshaus. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkirche, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg planning site .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salzburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and Historic Center of Vienna. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Melk Abbey. Change things up with a short trip to Stift Herzogenburg in Herzogenburg (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace, contemplate the long history of Ringstrasse, admire the landmark architecture of Kirche am Steinhof, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vienna travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stift Herzogenburg, Melk Abbey
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll around Hohematte Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Wydi, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, and finally head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Vienna to Interlaken in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Vienna in July, with highs in Interlaken at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, St. Beatus Hoehlen
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then make a trip to The Nine Towers, and finally see the interesting displays at Alpineum.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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