34 days in Europe Itinerary

34 days in Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Valencia, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
12
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Pamplona, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
15
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
16
Dijon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
17
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 day
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, then admire the landmark architecture of Main Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, and finally admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), then snap pictures at Eiserner Steg, then contemplate the long history of Goethe House, and finally explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt road trip planning app .

Brisbane, Australia to Frankfurt is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Brisbane to Frankfurt, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Frankfurt is colder than Brisbane - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Lenk im Simmental (Skigebiet Betelberg & Skigebiet Metsch) and Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, pause for some photo ops at Adrian von Bubenberg-Denkmal, and make a trip to Protestant City Church Thun.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bern road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Frankfurt to Bern in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bern when traveling from Frankfurt in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Protestant City Church Thun, Mt Pilatus
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Geneva holiday planner .

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), you're off toMonte-Carlo.

Things to do in Geneva

Nightlife Museums Parks

2
nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Prince's Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, and then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monte-Carlo tour planning site .

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Monte-Carlo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Geneva in January; daily highs in Monte-Carlo reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
Highlights from your plan
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

2
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.
Marseille is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, explore the world behind art at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, and take a stroll through The Panier.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marseille travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain ©
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain

1
night
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Montpellier holiday maker app .

You can drive from Marseille to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Montpellier

Shopping Fun & Games Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie
Room Escape Games
Cathedrale St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale St-Pierre

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Las Ramblas, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip planner .

You can take a train from Montpellier to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

2
nights
Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Valencia is known for zoos & aquariums, shopping, historic sites, fun & games, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market of Valencia, explore the activities along Jardi del Turia, and steep yourself in history at Valencia Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Valencia sightseeing website .

Getting from Barcelona to Valencia by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Valencia are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
When in Madrid, make a side trip to see Catedral Primada in Toledo, approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, walk around Parque del Retiro, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and have some family-friendly fun at EXIT Madrid.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Madrid travel planner .

You can take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Valencia in January; daily highs in Madrid reach 12°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lisbon. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Lisbon at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

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nights
Porto, Portugal

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Porto tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bilbao.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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nights
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 20th (Mon), take a stroll through Casco Viejo, then don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bilbao online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Porto to Bilbao in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Bilbao is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Bilbao are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Pamplona.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Highlights from your plan
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Room Escape Games
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

1
night
Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Fortress and Walls of Pamplona, walk around Parque de La Taconera, then make a trip to Plaza del Castillo, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pamplona.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamplona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Pamplona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bilbao in January; daily highs in Pamplona reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Pamplona
Catedral de Pamplona
Room Escape Games

1
night
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): engage your brain at Cite de l'espace and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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

Traveling by car from Pamplona to Toulouse takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. January in Toulouse sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Room Escape Games

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon. On your second day here, get your game on at DreamAway and then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Lyon route website .

Do a combination of flight and tram from Toulouse to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dijon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lyon in January: highs in Dijon hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Frankfurt.

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dijon to Frankfurt takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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