17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Shuttle to Nice, Fly to Barcelona
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Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Glyfada Beach, take a stroll through Monastiraki, stop by Anafiotika, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Athens is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Athens is minus 8 hours. In November, Athens is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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 4th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona. Keep things going the next day: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Rome is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Athens in December since evenings lows in Rome dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · 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 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On the next day, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Florence

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 8th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino, enjoy the sand and surf at Larvotto Beach, and then examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monte-Carlo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Florence to Monte-Carlo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Florence in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Monte-Carlo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Barcelona, Spain

— 1 night

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then visit El Barri Gòtic, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Barcelona online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Monte-Carlo to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Paris, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally wander the streets of Le Marais. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 12th (Sun), stop by Niederdorf, wander the streets of Old Town, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, Zurich is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Munich, Germany

— 1 night

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 13th (Mon), engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Munich journey planning app.

Getting from Zurich to Munich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel svatého Jiljí, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague holiday planner.

Fly from Munich to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

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.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

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.

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.

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.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.