26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Guildford, United Kingdom
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Riquewihr, France
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
4
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Mulhouse, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Neuchatel, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
12
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Liege, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
15
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 45​min
16
Dijon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Guildford, United Kingdom

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night
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): Head underground at Maastricht Underground, don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, then go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen, and finally look for gifts at de winkel van nijntje.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Maastricht online travel route planner .

Guildford, UK to Maastricht is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guildford to Maastricht due to the time zone difference. June in Maastricht sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 19th (Fri), you're off to Bernkastel-Kues.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
de winkel van nijntje ©
de winkel van nijntje
Boekhandel Dominicanen ©
Boekhandel Dominicanen
Vrijthof ©
Vrijthof

1
night
Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Bernkastel-Kues ©
Bernkastel-Kues is a well-known winegrowing centre on the Middle Moselle in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. On the 19th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bernkastel-Kues journey planner.

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Bernkastel-Kues takes 2 hours. June in Bernkastel-Kues sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Bernkastel-Kues

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz ©
Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz

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night
Riquewihr, France

Riquewihr ©
Riquewihr is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, stop by Feerie de Noel, then don't miss a visit to Dolder Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Riquewihr travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bernkastel-Kues to Riquewihr takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bernkastel-Kues in June, expect nights in Riquewihr to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colmar.

Things to do in Riquewihr

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Highlights from your plan
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer ©
Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Saint-Leon Fountain, then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and then wander the streets of Little Venice. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Corps de Garde, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Martin, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colmar planning app .

Colmar is very close to Riquewihr. In June in Colmar, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eguisheim, Corps de Garde
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Old Town ©
Old Town
Vieille ville d'Eguisheim ©
Vieille ville d'Eguisheim

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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 23rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco and then explore the activities along Canal Grande. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then make a trip to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Colmar to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colmar in June, Venice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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night
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta, then don't miss a visit to Piazza delle Erbe, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Verona trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and then contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Venice planning site .

You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Ponte di Rialto ©
Ponte di Rialto

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night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Venice to Lucerne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Venice in June, expect Lucerne to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for Lausanne.

Things to do in Lucerne

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

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nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lausanne: Montreux (Freddie Mercury Statue & Lakeside Promenade Fleuri) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne, don't miss a visit to Sauvabelin Tower, and go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lausanne trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lausanne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Montreux, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

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nights
Mulhouse, France

Mulhouse ©
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile, see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Electropolis. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Parc Zoologique & Botanique de Mulhouse, get your game on at Ellip6.68, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Saint Etienne, then take an in-depth tour of Maison du Patrimoine Edouard Boeglin – Centre d’Interpretation de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Orlinda Lavergne.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mulhouse trip planner.

Drive from Lausanne to Mulhouse in 3 hours. In June in Mulhouse, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cite de l'Automobile ©
Cite de l'Automobile
Ellip6.68 ©
Ellip6.68

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Neuchatel, Switzerland

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
On the 3rd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Musee du Tram, take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van, shop like a local with Galerie de la Tour de Diesse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Neuchatel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de l'Ermitage, and finally look for gifts at Walder Confiseur-Chocolatier. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Neuchatel sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Mulhouse to Neuchatel in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Musee du Tram
Highlights from your plan
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 5th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally don't miss a visit to Casemates du Bock.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Luxembourg City holiday planner.

Drive from Neuchatel to Luxembourg City in 5 hours. In July in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Liege.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan

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Liege, Belgium

Liege ©
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Liege-Guillemins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), get to know the fascinating history of Coteaux de la Citadelle, don't miss a visit to Montagne de Bueren, then stop by La Place du Marche, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Perron.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Liege trip site .

You can drive from Luxembourg City to Liege in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Coteaux de la Citadelle ©
Coteaux de la Citadelle
Montagne de Bueren ©
Montagne de Bueren
Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral) ©

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), appreciate the history behind Sculpture De Violist, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam travel planner.

Drive from Liege to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Antwerp trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center

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Dijon, France

Dijon ©
Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 11th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Quai Vauban, then don't miss a visit to La Citadelle de Besancon, and then make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame du Refuge. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, trek along Owl's Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and finally make a trip to Place de la Liberation.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dijon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Dijon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Dijon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Besancon
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon
Musee Magnin ©
Musee Magnin
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon ©
Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon

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