34 days in Western Europe Itinerary

34 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Louresse-Rochemenier, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Amboise, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Orleans, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  184​h 30​min
8
Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  10​h
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palace of Versailles and Île de la Cité. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Durban to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in May; daily highs in Paris reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Louresse-Rochemenier.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Louresse-Rochemenier, France

Louresse-Rochemenier ©
On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to La Cave aux Sculptures.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Louresse-Rochemenier road trip app .

Traveling by car from Paris to Louresse-Rochemenier takes 3.5 hours. May in Louresse-Rochemenier sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Amboise.
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La Cave aux Sculptures ©
La Cave aux Sculptures

1
night
Amboise, France

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amboise trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Louresse-Rochemenier to Amboise takes 2 hours. In May in Amboise, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Orleans.

Things to do in Amboise

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Orleans, France

Orleans ©
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse de Saint Paterne.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Orleans travel planner .

Getting from Amboise to Orleans by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Orleans are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites
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Paroisse de Saint Paterne ©
Paroisse de Saint Paterne

few
hours
Paris, France

Paris
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris online visit planner .

You can take a train from Bourges to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Bruges on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Shopping
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2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Tue), stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Windmills of Bruges. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then see the interesting displays at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip maker tool .

You can drive from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery capture your imagination. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Madurodam (in The Hague), Old Church (in Delft) and Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip planning app .

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Basel.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Old Church, Frans Hals Museum
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

few
hours
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Minster.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Basel trip maker .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Basel in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. Museum-lovers will get to explore Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Arena di Verona (in Verona). There's much more to do: make a trip to Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Basel to Venice in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Basel in May since evenings lows in Venice dip to 15°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arena di Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Pitti Palace. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pantheon and Galleria Borghese. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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