17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Engelberg, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gstaad, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Bus to Nice, Fly to Paris Orly
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Paris, France
— 1 night
Train
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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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 8th (Sat): stop by Old Town, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and then get great views at Baumli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich online itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Zurich. Traveling from New York City in May, Zurich is slightly colder at night with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Engelberg, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Titlis and then make a trip to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fortress Furigen, then examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Buergenstock.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Engelberg holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Engelberg

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jungfraujoch as well as Parasailing & Paragliding. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gstaad.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Gstaad, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Glacier 3000, then trek along Col du Pillon - Glacier 3000 - Sanetsch - Gsteig, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lauenensee Loop Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lake Lauenen - Geltenhutte SAC - Lauenensee, see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Bains de la Gruyere.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gstaad trip planning app.

Drive from Interlaken to Gstaad in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Gstaad

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), see the interesting displays at MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature, then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally don't miss a visit to Broken Chair Sculpture.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva route maker tool.

You can drive from Gstaad to Geneva in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 1 night
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, 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.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip website.

You can fly from Geneva to Monte-Carlo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in May, Monte-Carlo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): walk around Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Monte-Carlo to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Monte-Carlo - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bruges trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, then explore the galleries of Atomium, and then contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Brussels sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

Monaco travel guide

4.2
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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
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.