36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Zadar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h
4
Blois, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dubrovnik City Walls and Fort Lovrijenac. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Pile Gate. Change things up with a short trip to Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, and head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Dubrovnik is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Dubrovnik. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic City of Trogir and Old Split. Diocletian's Palace and Cathedral of Saint Domnius will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: walk around Marjan Park, wander the streets of Riva Harbor, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and look for gifts at Filigran Split.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Split trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Historic City of Trogir
Highlights from your plan
Old Split ©
Old Split
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano

3
nights
Zadar, Croatia

Zadar ©
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Jadro Beach, contemplate the long history of Church of St. Donat, then explore the ancient world of Zadar Land City Gates, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Narodni trg u Zadru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sokolarski Raptor Centre, then snap pictures at Stone Bridge and the Old Gate, and finally don't miss a visit to The Church of the Holy Cross.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zadar road trip planning app .

You can drive from Split to Zadar in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zadar when traveling from Split in May, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Blois.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nin, Sibenik, Jadro Beach
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Donat ©
Church of St. Donat
Zadar Land City Gates ©
Zadar Land City Gates
The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik ©

3
nights
Blois, France

Blois ©
Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau Royal de Blois and Orléans Cathedral. Visiting Vallees de la Grand-Pierre et de Vitain and Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Blois: Cathedrale St-Etienne (in Bourges), Azay-le-Rideau (Vinea Loire Valley & Château de l'Islette) and La Forteresse de Montbazon (in Montbazon). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Montpoupon, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Louis, get to know the fascinating history of Les P’tits Clous, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Blois online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Zadar to Blois with the Route module. Traveling from Zadar in May, expect Blois to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau, Cathedrale St-Etienne, Chateau de Montpoupon, La Forteresse de Montbazon, Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon. Visiting Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and take a stroll through Trocadero.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris journey planning tool .

You can take a train from Blois to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Chateau de Fontainebleau
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Pierrefonds ©
Chateau de Pierrefonds

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin and Die Hackeschen Hoefe. Do your shopping at Mall of Berlin and Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe). Change things up with a short trip to Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen in Oranienburg (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen, pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule), kick back and relax at Strandbar Mitte, and wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Berlin holiday builder site .

You can fly from Paris to Berlin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Highlights from your plan
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Die Hackeschen Hoefe ©
Die Hackeschen Hoefe

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.
Visit Wies Church and St. Michael's Church for their historical value. Get outdoors at English Garden and Alpseebad. Venture out of the city with trips to Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald (in Mittenwald) and Benediktinerkloster St. Mang (in Fussen). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, Wies Church, Alpseebad, Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Wies Church ©
Wies Church
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt Pilatus and Einkaufszentrum Glatt. Get some historical perspective at Grossmunster and Munot. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Hofkirche & Museggmauer) and Uferpromenade Weggis (in Weggis). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Niederdorf, and look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip maker app .

Getting from Munich to Zurich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Einkaufszentrum Glatt, Munot, Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore hidden gems such as Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trockener Steg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and look for gifts at Laderach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg

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