28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 day
bus:  2​h
7
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
8
Zadar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States


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3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vila Vella (Old Town) and El Born. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and walk around Parc Guell.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Barcelona online tour itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Barcelona is 7 hours. In June in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Marseille.

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Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

4
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc national des Calanques and Palais Longchamp. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and get outside with Calanque du Sugiton.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

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Calanque du Sugiton ©
Calanque du Sugiton
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Limmat and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Marseille in June; daily highs in Zurich reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

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Limmat ©
Limmat
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jungfraujoch and Simmenfalle. Get out of town with these interesting Lauterbrunnen side-trips: Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael (in Raron), Spiezer Rundwanderweg (in Spiez) and Trummer Woodcarving (in Adelboden). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, admire the verdant scenery at Lotschental Valley, and head outdoors with Air-Glaciers, S.A..

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen online tour planner .

Getting from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Venice.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Spiezer Rundwanderweg, St. Beatus Hoehlen, Trummer Woodcarving, Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

3
nights
Venice, Italy

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): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Dorsoduro, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lauterbrunnen to Venice. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Photography Tours
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

1
day
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Medvednica, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum.

Find out how to plan Zagreb trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Venice to Zagreb by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Venice in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zagreb, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Medvednica ©
Medvednica
Zagreb 80's Museum ©
Zagreb 80's Museum

1
night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Plitvice Lakes National Park journey planning website .

Traveling by bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Plitvice Lakes National Park ©
Plitvice Lakes National Park

3
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) and Zadar Land City Gates. Change things up with these side-trips from Zadar: Sokolarski Raptor Centre (in Sibenik), Simuni Beach (in Simuni) and Paklenica National Park (in Starigrad-Paklenica). There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, make a trip to The Forum, and take in panoramic vistas at Bell Tower.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zadar trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Simuni Beach, Sokolarski Raptor Centre, Paklenica National Park
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Paklenica National Park ©
Paklenica National Park
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) ©
Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)
Simuni Beach ©
Simuni Beach

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, then learn about winemaking at Putalj Winery, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Split trip planner .

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zadar in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Split, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Split

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Etnografski muzej Split ©
Etnografski muzej Split

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Pieta and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Monastero Di S.Benedetto (in Subiaco) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rome planning site .

Traveling by flight from Split to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Monastero Di S.Benedetto, Cascata delle Marmore
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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