18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  9​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  4​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Doha, Qatar


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4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Popular historic sites such as Fraumünster Church and Grossmunster are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, The Rosengart Collection, & more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Zurich is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Doha in September, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 11th (Wed), get curious at Deutsches Museum and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Munich sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catacombe Del Cimitero Di San Pietro.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Salzburg trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 14th (Sat), hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, browse the exhibits of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Innsbruck trip tool .

Traveling by train from Salzburg to Innsbruck takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Innsbruck are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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 15th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Innsbruck to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, Venice is a bit warmer than Innsbruck - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio ©
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bern trip builder website .

You can take a train from Milan to Bern in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Milan in September: high temperatures in Bern hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Bern

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and step into the grandiose world of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Bern to Paris by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bern in September since evenings lows in Paris dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Trianons & The Hamlet
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and finally contemplate the long history of Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip maker .

Getting from Paris to Istanbul by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Istanbul is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in September since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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