16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Tremezzina, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Bayeux, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States


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3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura and Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Monastero Di S.Benedetto in Subiaco, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome online tour planner .

Chicago, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Rome, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rome, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Vatican City, Monastero Di S.Benedetto
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Tremezzina.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

1
night
Tremezzina, Italy

Tremezzina ©
The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
On the 6th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tremezzina online trip planner .

You can drive from Florence to Tremezzina in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Tremezzina

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo ©

3
nights
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 7th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, take in nature's colorful creations at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and finally stroll around Hohematte Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planning app .

Getting from Tremezzina to Interlaken by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tremezzina in June: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 72°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Army Museum and Jardin des Tuileries. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Interlaken to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
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 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Reporters Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee Baron Gerard, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de Salome, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. On your second day here, make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, then get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online visit planner .

Take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bayeux: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Musee Baron Gerard ©
Musee Baron Gerard
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle

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