38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  34​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
8
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Donauinsel and Orangery at Schoenbrunn Palace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace, contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. Virgil, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna attractions planning site .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Vienna is an approximately 34-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Christchurch in May, expect Vienna to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

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

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Visiting Untersberg and Golfclub Kitzbuhel-Schwarzsee will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fortress Hohensalzburg and Schloss Hellbrunn. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg vacation planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Golf

Side Trip

Golfclub Kitzbuhel-Schwarzsee
Highlights from your plan
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Schloss Neuschwanstein and St. Michael's Church. Step out of Munich to go to Dachau and see Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along English Garden, take a stroll through Haidhausen, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich visit planner .

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Munich sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Avenue Jean Medecin as well as Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Visit La Croisette and Monastère de Cimiez for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Saint-Paul de Vence in St-Paul-de-Vence (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice vacation planner .

You can fly from Munich to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Munich in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

La Croisette, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

3
nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Visiting Anything But Work and Sacro Monte di Ossuccio will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like i Giardini di Villa Melzi and Menaggio. When in Varenna, make a side trip to see Villa Carlotta in Tremezzina, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Sentiero del Viandante, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, and admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Varenna day trip app .

Getting from Nice to Varenna by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Nice in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Varenna, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Villa Carlotta, Orrido di Bellano, Menaggio, i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Sacro Monte di Ossuccio
Highlights from your plan
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Sacro Monte di Ossuccio ©
Sacro Monte di Ossuccio
Anything But Work ©
Anything But Work

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then take a stroll through Via Lincoln, and finally see La Casa Maledetta. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Brera District, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Madonna dell'Aiuto.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Milan online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You will leave for St. Moritz on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Santuario Madonna dell'Aiuto
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio ©
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 4th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, make a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, pause for some photo ops at Bergfuhrerdenkmal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish church of St Mauritius.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

You can take a train from Milan to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

2
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice), then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy. On the next day, see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, and finally explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lausanne trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Zermatt to Lausanne by train takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hofkirche and Markuskirche. Get in touch with nature at Jungfraujoch and Mt Pilatus. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

For maps and more tourist information, read Lucerne online holiday planner .

You can drive from Lausanne to Lucerne in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fondation Claude Monet, Luxembourg Palace, Luxembourg Gardens, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip website .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Lucerne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Claude Monet
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leemstar, Amsterdam Canal Cruises as well as Boats4rent. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Visit Grote Markt and Begijnhof for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Grote Markt
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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