20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and MuseumsQuartier Wien make great kid-friendly stops. St. Stephen's Cathedral and St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade) will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and wander the streets of Graben and Kohlmarkt.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna online vacation maker .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vienna is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Vienna is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get cooler in Vienna: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, explore the galleries of Residenzgalerie Salzburg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg journey planning tool .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

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 22nd (Sun), examine the collection at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church. On your second day here, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and then explore the world behind art at New Pinakothek.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich trip planner .

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

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

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 24th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Zurich travel route site .

You can drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Natural History Museum and The British Museum. National Gallery and Buckingham Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Tate Modern, steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, and get a taste of the local shopping with Abbott & Holder.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the London online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Zurich to London in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zurich to London due to the time zone difference. In December, London is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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 some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner .

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Colosseum and Catacombe di San Callisto will thrill your kids. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pantheon and Vatican Museums. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, get great views at Colle del Gianicolo, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome online day trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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