42 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then look for gifts at Vogts Corner, and then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the activities along Thunersee, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, then contemplate the long history of Gruyeres Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bern visit site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Annecy trip planner.

Drive from Bern to Annecy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Annecy, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, make a trip to Vieille Ville, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally take a memorable drive along Sipp Mack. On your second day here, visit La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, then stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Annecy to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris online journey planner.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen, France — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 20th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and finally wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then make a trip to Place du Vieux-Marche, then make a trip to Vieux Rouen, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rouen online road trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rouen: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then get a taste of the local shopping with Normandie Savoir-Faire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bayeux trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 25th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, then browse the fresh offerings at Les Halles de Narbonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Carcassonne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Chateau de la Gardine (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, wander the streets of The Panier, and look for gifts at Dammann Freres.

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Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 30th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, admire the striking features of Prince's Palace, then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Casino Square. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, make a trip to Place du Palais, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of William Grover-Williams.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monte-Carlo itinerary planning site.

Getting from Marseille to Monte-Carlo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Marseille in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monte-Carlo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip builder.

Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. July in Nice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Church, then step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bruges online road trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Bruges in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, things will get slightly colder in Bruges: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, steep yourself in history at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brussels vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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