34 days in Western Europe Itinerary

34 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train + bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand


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6
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Highclere Castle, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, Big Bus Tours, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will get to explore Churchill War Rooms and Museum of London. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral. When in London, make a side trip to see Chartwell in Westerham, approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, take in panoramic vistas at The Monument to the Great Fire of London, and wander the streets of South Bank.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our London day trip tool .

Christchurch, New Zealand to London is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to London is minus 12 hours. In April, London is little chillier than Christchurch - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. You will leave for Amsterdam on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Stonehenge, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, Chartwell, Highclere Castle
Highlights from your plan
Churchill War Rooms ©
Churchill War Rooms
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Highclere Castle ©
Highclere Castle

2
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Calton Hill, sample the fine beverages at Pickering's Gin Distillery, take an in-depth tour of Surgeons' Hall Museums, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, and finally don't miss a visit to The Real Mary King's Close. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, and then stroll the grounds of Greyfriars Kirk.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pickering's Gin Distillery ©
Pickering's Gin Distillery
Edinburgh Old Town ©
Edinburgh Old Town
The Real Mary King's Close ©
The Real Mary King's Close

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.
You've now added Keukenhof to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Zaanse Schans and World Heritage Kinderdijk. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Prostitution - Red Light Secrets, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip app .

You can fly from Edinburgh to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Amsterdam is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, World Heritage Kinderdijk
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

4
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
For shopping fun, head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert or Studio Baxton. Grand Place and Basilica of the Holy Blood are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Groeningemuseum & Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), make a trip to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

Before you visit Brussels, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Brussels are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris vacation builder site .

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Tour Boucle, don't miss a visit to Grand Degre, don't miss a visit to Tour de L'Arcade, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, then steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, and finally make a trip to La Grande Rue. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to Porte du Boulevard, then don't miss a visit to Porte de l'Avancee, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chapelle Saint-Aubert ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert
Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel ©
Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, wander the streets of Niederdorf, then look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour planning website .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Zurich in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden
Highlights from your plan
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Ca' Rezzonico. Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Dorsoduro. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Piazza delle Erbe & Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cannaregio, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Pantalon.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich in May, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Verona
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Welcome to Rome. Colosseum and Palatine Hill will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, look for gifts at L'Artigianato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planning app .

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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