20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trento, Italy
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Jean Tinguely Museum and Basel Paper Mill Museum. For shopping fun, head to Einkaufszentrum Glatt or Maurice de Mauriac. Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Naturhistorisches Museum Basel in Basel--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, see the interesting displays at Musee Visionnaire Zurich, explore the galleries of Haus zum Rech, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Zurich to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

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 24th (Fri): take a stroll through Matte, examine the collection at Museum of Communication, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Rigassi by SOON, and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern travel planner.

Getting from Zurich to Bern by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde and then examine the collection at Musee Ariana.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): cast your line with Fly Fish Zermatt and then expand your horizons at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and finally stop by Laderach.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trento.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Classes

Trento, Italy

— 1 night

Painted City

Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Spazio Archeologico Sotterraneo del Sas, admire the striking features of Palazzo Quetta Alberti-Colico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiore, then see the interesting displays at Museo Diocesano Tridentino, and finally browse the exhibits of Palazzo Pretorio.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Trento online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Trento in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Trento

Museums · Historic Sites

Salzburg, Austria

— 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Salzburger Christkindlmarkt, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online trip planner.

Getting from Trento to Salzburg by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Trento in December, expect nights in Salzburg to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wallace Collection and Westminster. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Regent Street and Borough Market. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Sir John Soane's Museum, get engrossed in the history at British Library, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the London visit planner.

Getting from Salzburg to London by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Salzburg to London is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Salzburg in December; daily highs in London reach 11°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Nissim de Camondo and Fondation Louis Vuitton. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Quartier Montparnasse, and stop by Shakespeare and Company Bookstore.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping