17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 15​min
6
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Tokyo, Japan

4
nights
Paris, France

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and The Army Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Room Escape Games, Vieux, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Place des Vosges, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile Saint-Louis.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris driving holiday planning site .

Tokyo, Japan to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 8 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Photography Tours
Musee Nissim de Camondo ©
Musee Nissim de Camondo

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 6th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, stroll through Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zermatt day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Paris to Zermatt takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lucerne in 4 hours. In January in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zurich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Stephansplatz, don't miss a visit to Rathausplatz, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peterskirche. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and finally admire the landmark architecture of State Hall of the Austrian National Library.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vienna online holiday planner .

Fly from Lucerne to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January in Vienna, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Albertina ©
Albertina
Rathausplatz ©
Rathausplatz

1
night
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dresden holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Dresden takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums
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Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe

2
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, then contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Townhall, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown).

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hamburg vacation planner .

Getting from Dresden to Hamburg by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
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Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
Walking tours

1
night
Rovaniemi, Finland

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can fly from Hamburg to Rovaniemi in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hamburg to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Hamburg in January, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Museums Tours
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

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