40 days in Western Europe & Dubrovnik Itinerary

40 days in Western Europe & Dubrovnik Itinerary

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40 days in Western Europe & Dubrovnik Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Paris, France
— 10 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Brisbane, Australia


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10
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 Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise as well as Champs-Elysees. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Palace of Versailles and La Tombe du Soldat Inconnu will appeal to history buffs. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Paris is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in September, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then take in the waterfront at Nadelwehr, then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, and finally shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Rhine Falls. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, appreciate the history behind Hans Waldmann Statue, kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zurich holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

10
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vatican Museums as well as Colosseum. Get some historical perspective at Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Musei Capitolini and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, steep yourself in history at Terme di Caracalla, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip app .

Brisbane, Australia to Rome is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rome, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tivoli, Vatican Museums
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

5
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dubrovnik City Walls and War Photo Limited. Get some historical perspective at Rector's Palace and Fort Lovrijenac. Get out of town with these interesting Dubrovnik side-trips: Sunj Beach (in Lopud) and Cavtat Old Town (in Cavtat). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Michael, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Dubrovnik vacation maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Dubrovnik takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sunj Beach, Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at English Garden and Hollentalklamm. Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, explore the world behind art at Glyptothek, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and appreciate the history behind Moriskentanzer.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Munich takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubrovnik in October; daily highs in Munich reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hollentalklamm, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Hollentalklamm ©
Hollentalklamm
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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