54 days in Europe Itinerary

54 days in Europe Itinerary

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54 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  13​h
1
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
10
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
13
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
14
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
15
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
16
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
18
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
19
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
20
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Ottawa, Canada

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Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at National Football Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manchester Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of People's History Museum, then get lost in a book at Manchester Central Library, and finally explore by horseback at Carrington Riding Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Manchester Art Gallery, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then see the interesting displays at The Pankhurst Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Ottawa, Canada to Manchester is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Manchester is 5 hours. In July, Manchester is a bit cooler than Ottawa - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Tours Spas
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National Football Museum ©
National Football Museum
Manchester Cathedral ©
Manchester Cathedral
Carrington Riding Centre ©
Carrington Riding Centre

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 8th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tower of London, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and then make a trip to Buckingham Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at The Courtauld Gallery, then admire the striking features of Westminster Abbey, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Westminster Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Houses of Parliament.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read London trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Manchester to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris road trip site .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Symphorien Military Cemetery and Collegiale Sainte-Waudru. Step out of Brussels to go to Villers-la-ville and see Abbaye de Villers, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at MOOF Museum, don't miss a visit to Atomium, and admire the striking features of Guild Houses.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Brussels vacation app .

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mons, Abbaye de Villers
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as De Duif and English Reformed Church. Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Portuguese Synagogue will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the galleries of De Nieuwe Kerk, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and walk around Vondelpark.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rheinstein Castle and Rheinfels Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Judischer Friedhof Heiliger Sand and Alte Haus. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Schoenburg (in Oberwesel) and Burg Pfalzgrafenstein (in Kaub). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Romer, make a trip to Main Tower, admire the masterpieces at Liebieghaus, and stroll the grounds of Old Jewish Cemetery.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Frankfurt trip planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Frankfurt by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Frankfurt, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, Rheinstein Castle, Schloss Schoenburg, Alte Haus, Rheinfels Castle
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Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt ©
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Rheinstein Castle ©
Rheinstein Castle
Rheinfels Castle ©
Rheinfels Castle

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Cerveny Kamen Castle, then stroll through Slnecne Jazera, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, and finally step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, and then step into the grandiose world of Devin Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bratislava day trip planning tool .

Getting from Frankfurt to Bratislava by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Cerveny Kamen Castle, Slnecne Jazera
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Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Halaszbastya and Liberty Statue. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Fenyes Education Trail of Tata (in Tata) and Nemzeti Botanikus Kert (in Vacratot). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Matthias Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner .

Getting from Bratislava to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral, Nemzeti Botanikus Kert, Fenyes Education Trail of Tata
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Comana Nature Park and Old Town. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stavropoleos Monastery and Biserica Sf. Nicolae. Venture out of the city with trips to Mogosoaia Palace (in Mogosoaia) and The Clock Museum (in Ploiesti). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Patriarchal Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biserica Kretzulescu, admire the striking features of Coral Temple, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Bucharest trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Budapest to Bucharest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Bucharest. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mogosoaia Palace, Comana Nature Park, The Clock Museum
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Mogosoaia Palace ©
Mogosoaia Palace

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night
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.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the ancient world of Minceta Fortress, appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and finally contemplate the long history of Dominican Monastery.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik route maker site .

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Dubrovnik takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Bucharest in July, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Dominican Monastery ©
Dominican Monastery
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola ©
Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Popular historic sites such as Acropolis of Athens and Fortress Palamidi are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Acropolis Museum and Plaka. Explore Athens' surroundings by going to Mycenae (Citadel and Treasury of Atreus & Lion Gate). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Temple of Hephaestus, wander the streets of Anafiotika, pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and don't miss a visit to Philopappos Hill.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dubrovnik in July, with highs in Athens at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naples.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mycenae, Fortress Palamidi
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus

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Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gennaro, steep yourself in history at Lupanar, explore the ancient world of Forum, then delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, then take an in-depth tour of Complesso Museale Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio ad Arco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, engage your brain at Museo delle Arti Sanitarie, take a stroll through Decumani di Napoli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Domenico Maggiore, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sant'Anna dei Lombardi (Monteoliveto).

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples trip maker app .

Getting from Athens to Naples by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Naples. Traveling from Athens in August, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Naples. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pompeii
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Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Cloister of Santa Chiara ©
Cloister of Santa Chiara
Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro ©
Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, make a trip to Roman Forum, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pietro in Vincoli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Getting from Naples to Rome by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio. Visit Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Chiusdino (Eremo di Montesiepi & Abbazia di San Galgano). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chiusdino, Castello di Monteriggioni
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish church of St Mauritius, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, head outdoors with Alpine Adventures Zermatt, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, and finally snap pictures at Hangebrucke.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Zermatt in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt) ©
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

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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 15th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally stroll around Hohematte Park. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Heimwehfluh, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss THUN, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Zermatt to Interlaken by train takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Schloss THUN, Lauterbrunnen Village
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 17th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, then don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Maccabees, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre. On the next day, examine the collection at Musee Ariana, take in the history at Kawa Game, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, and finally admire the masterpieces at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in August: highs in Geneva hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica

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Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore hidden gems such as Vieille Ville and Promenade des Anglais. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Nicholas Cathedral and Palais Lascaris. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and Basilica St. Michel (in Menton). There's still lots to do: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Place Rossetti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of the Old Chateau.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Geneva to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Geneva in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Menton, Villa Kerylos, Promenade Le Corbusier, Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
St Nicholas Cathedral ©
St Nicholas Cathedral

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Ciutat Vella and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, stroll around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and wander the streets of Barri de Gracia.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Nice to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): wander the streets of La Latina, then steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid vacation planning site .

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: highs in Madrid hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
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Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes ©
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Barrio de Salamanca ©
Barrio de Salamanca

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