21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), explore the world behind art at Albertina, and take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vienna tour itinerary planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vienna is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dubai to Vienna, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally pause for some photo ops at Caldera Sculpture.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

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 6th (Fri), walk around English Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Munich, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome tour planner .

You can fly from Munich to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Munich in September, with highs in Rome at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to Ratto della Sabina.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lucerne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and train from Florence to Lucerne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in September, things will get a bit cooler in Lucerne: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, take a stroll through Le Marais, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris holiday site .

Getting from Lucerne to Paris by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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