34 days in Europe Itinerary

34 days in Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
12
Bergen, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Tromso, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
14
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Durban, South Africa

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice travel itinerary planner.

Durban, South Africa to Venice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Durban in December, expect Venice to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites
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Centro Storico di Venezia ©
Centro Storico di Venezia

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome holiday planning website .

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rome, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Room Escape Games
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
On the 20th (Fri), admire the striking features of Venetian Arsenal, make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

Discover how to plan a Venice trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in December, with highs in Venice at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Venetian Arsenal ©
Venetian Arsenal
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Explore hidden gems such as Altstadt von Innsbruck and Hafelekarspitze. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Dom zu St. Jakob, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck, make a trip to Stift Wilten, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Wilten.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Innsbruck vacation planner .

Drive from Venice to Innsbruck in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Venice in December, things will get slightly colder in Innsbruck: highs are around 6°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck ©
Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally stroll through Mirabell Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse and then fly down the slopes at Ski Resort Alpendorf.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by train from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ski Resort Alpendorf
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Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): go for a walk through Old Town and then take in panoramic vistas at Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick".

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt day trip planning tool .

Drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rathausplatz and Room Escape Games. Change things up with a short trip to Melk Abbey in Melk (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, appreciate the history behind Maria Theresia Denkmal, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna travel planner .

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Vienna are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Rathausplatz ©
Rathausplatz
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at WindTunnel FlyStation and Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, don't miss a visit to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to St. Petersburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Vienna to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vienna in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

WindTunnel FlyStation, Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
On the 4th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill and then get engrossed in the history at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In January in Tallinn, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uppsala Domkyrka and Fotografiska Stockholm. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vasa Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Stockholm City Hall, explore the different monuments and memorials at Skogskyrkogarden, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

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Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Tallinn to Stockholm, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Stockholm sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Uppsala Domkyrka
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Uppsala Domkyrka ©
Uppsala Domkyrka

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Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Sognsvann Lake and then hit the slopes at Tryvann Ski Resort. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), then get to know the fascinating history of Oslomarka, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, and finally see the interesting displays at 22 July Centre.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oslo journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in January: highs in Oslo hover around 6°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Bergen, Norway

Bergen ©
A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Bryggen and Hardangerfjord. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum, examine the collection at Theta Museum, get engrossed in the history at Bergenhus Festningsmuesum, and engage your brain at VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bergen driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from Oslo to Bergen in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in January, Bergen is a bit warmer at night with lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums Parks Nature
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Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum ©
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum
Bryggen ©
Bryggen
Hardangerfjord ©
Hardangerfjord

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Tromso, Norway

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Arctic Cathedral, stop by Tromso Arctic Gifts & Souvenirs, and browse the collection at Tromso Public library and City Archives.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tromso driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bergen to Tromso by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bergen in January, expect Tromso to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Venice.

Things to do in Tromso

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Pantalon, then admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally get lost in a book at libreria Acqua alta.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Tromso to Venice takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tromso in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites
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St Mark's Campanile ©
St Mark's Campanile
libreria Acqua alta ©
libreria Acqua alta
Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri

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