34 days in Europe Itinerary

34 days in Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Colmar, France
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Bucharest, Romania
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

5
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.
Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Rodin and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Carriere Wellington (in Arras), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon) and Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres, learn about all things military at The Army Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Paris online trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Colmar.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carriere Wellington, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Musee Somme 1916
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Little Venice. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Espace des Metiers du Bois et du Patrimoine and Vieille Ville de Turckheim. Change things up with these side-trips from Colmar: Musee Memorial Le Linge (in Orbey) and Musee des Eaux de Vie (in Lapoutroie). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee Bartholdi, get engrossed in the history at The Village of Hansi and his Museum, steep yourself in history at Salle du Corps de Garde, and make a trip to Porte Haute.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Colmar online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Colmar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porte Haute, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Les Fortifications de Neuf-Brisach, Vieille Ville de Turckheim, Musee Espace des Metiers du Bois et du Patrimoine
Highlights from your plan
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

5
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Let the collections at Tiriac Collection and The Art Collections Museum capture your imagination. Visit Stavropoleos Monastery and Patriarchal Cathedral for their historical value. Explore Bucharest's surroundings by going to Curtea de Arges Monastery (in Curtea de Arges), Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower) (in Targoviste) and The Clock Museum (in Ploiesti). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint George New Church (Biserica Sfantul Gheorghe Nou), admire the masterpieces at The National Museum of Art of Romania, and examine the collection at Ceausescu Mansion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Colmar to Bucharest in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Budapest.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tiriac Collection, The Clock Museum, Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower), Curtea de Arges Monastery, Mogosoaia Palace
Highlights from your plan
Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower) ©
Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower)
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Tiriac Collection ©
Tiriac Collection

2
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.
On the 15th (Tue), make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ringstrasse.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip maker .

You can fly from Bucharest to Vienna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Bucharest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vienna, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum and then contemplate the long history of Hősök tere.

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

You can take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Budapest Pinball Museum ©
Budapest Pinball Museum

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Frauenkirche and Neues Grünes Gewölbe. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. Get out of town with these interesting Berlin side-trips: Dresden (Procession of Princes, Bruhl's Terrace, & more). There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Berlin visit planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Berlin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dresden, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zaanse Schans and Zuiderzeemuseum. Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: The Hague (Louwman Museum The Hague, Panorama Mesdag, & more), Canals area (in Utrecht) and Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, Zaanse Schans, Zuiderzeemuseum, Kroller-Muller Museum, Canals area
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof Lier, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Rumbold's Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cogels Osylei, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp online journey planner .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Antwerp sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Begijnhof Lier, St. Rumbold's Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Cogels Osylei ©
Cogels Osylei
Begijnhof Lier ©
Begijnhof Lier
St. Rumbold's Cathedral ©
St. Rumbold's Cathedral

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Groeningemuseum and Lange Max Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ieper (Ypres) (Essex Farm Cemetery & Ramparts Cemetery). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Huisje van Majutte, don't miss a visit to The Markt, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Walburgakerk.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bruges tour builder website .

You can take a bus from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October in Bruges, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Huisje van Majutte, Lange Max Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
You'll explore and learn at Chateau de Chantilly and Musee des Arts Forains. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Sainte-Chapelle are in your itinerary. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Lochnagar Crater in Ovillers-la-Boisselle, about 2 hours away. Enjoy Paris some more: explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise, take a stroll through Trocadero, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de Montmartre.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lochnagar Crater, Chateau de Chantilly
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Petit Palais
Petit Palais

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