15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour planner

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

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 30th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Via Condotti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then take an in-depth tour of Welcome to Rome, and finally contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rome holiday builder app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in March, expect Rome to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, examine the collection at Cappella Brancacci, then steep yourself in history at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Florence vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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 4th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. On your second day here, stop by Dorsoduro, then admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Venice are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at La Chocolaterie de Geneve, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, and finally examine the collection at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musee Barbier-Mueller, then examine the collection at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, and finally delve into the distant past at Roman Columns.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Geneva day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Geneva takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in April, Geneva is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Zoological Museum and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dresden.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 9th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross, and then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden Art Galleries), don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, and then see the interesting displays at Deutsche Uhrenmuseum Glashutte.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dresden driving holiday planner.

Fly from Zurich to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Dresden are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

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.
On the 11th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vienna Naschmarkt, then get your game on at Time Travel Vienna, and finally visit Graben and Kohlmarkt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, then stroll through Kahlenberg, then look for gifts at Wein & Keramik – Schneeweiss, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Melk Abbey.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. April in Vienna sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.