18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Rome day trip site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Rome is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in August, things will get a bit cooler in Rome: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planning website.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in August since evenings lows in Florence dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Venice online route planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Venice sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, and pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

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Traveling by flight from Venice to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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 11th (Wed): take a stroll through Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and then get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

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Getting from Berlin to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Innsbruck, Austria

— 1 night
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), then take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Innsbruck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Innsbruck takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Getreidegasse, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Salzburg planning tool.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Marstallmuseum, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, then admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, and then explore the activities along English Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Munich road trip site.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Munich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.

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.

Austrian Alps travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Historic Sites · Lookouts
Much of the country's territory sits in the heart of the mountainous Austrian Alps, making the region a prime spot for trekking, skiing, or cozying up in a mountain resort. The mountain range makes Austria, along with Switzerland, the winter sports capital of Europe. Though the Alps are most famous for hosting a wealth of ski resorts for visitors of all skill levels, regional tourism is growing, capitalizing on the appeal of outdoor recreation during all seasons. Visitors flock to the Alps for hiking, golf, biking, and whitewater kayaking in addition to skiing.