42 days in Europe Itinerary

42 days in Europe Itinerary

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42 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
5
Heidelberg, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
6
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
9
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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4
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 Natural History Museum, The British Museum, Thames Dinner Cruise, and other attractions.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our London day trip planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to London is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for colder days in London, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Fun & Games Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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.
You've added Le Marais, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Rozentuin Coloma, step into the grandiose world of Gaasbeek Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St-Martin's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Seneffe.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels holiday planner.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. You will leave for Amsterdam on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Seneffe, St-Martin's Basilica, Rozentuin Coloma, Gaasbeek Castle
Highlights from your plan
Gaasbeek Castle ©
Gaasbeek Castle
Chateau de Seneffe ©
Chateau de Seneffe

3
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 list of things to see and do now includes De 9 Straatjes, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Brouwersgracht, explore the activities along The Amstel, and then take a stroll through Red Light District. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through The Jordaan, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and finally look for gifts at Van Stapele Koekmakerij.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam driving holiday website .

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Heidelberg trip tool .

You can take a train from Cologne to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In April in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Heidelberg Tun ©
Heidelberg Tun

5
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Loetschberger-Suedrampe and Spiezer Rundwanderweg. Get out of town with these interesting Lauterbrunnen side-trips: Lenk im Simmental (Skigebiet Metsch, Skigebiet Betelberg, & more), Lotschental Valley (in Blatten) and Trummer Woodcarving (in Adelboden). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Burgkirche Raron, take in the awesome beauty at The Monch, admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls, and don't miss a visit to Lauterbrunnen Church.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lauterbrunnen vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Heidelberg to Lauterbrunnen. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Raron, Trummer Woodcarving, Loetschberger-Suedrampe
Highlights from your plan
Simmenfalle ©
Simmenfalle
Burgkirche Raron ©
Burgkirche Raron
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and Piazza Gae Aulenti. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di Chiaravalle.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Milan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Milan takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie d’Italia ©
Gallerie d’Italia
Walking tours

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added Oltrarno, Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing app .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will leave for Rome on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Florence

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo
Ponte Vecchio ©
Ponte Vecchio

7
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 Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Colosseum. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia and find something for the whole family at Cinecitta World.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Rome

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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