37 days in Europe Itinerary

37 days in Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, United States
+2
train + subway + Fly:  14​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Giverny, France
— Few hours
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Marino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h
10
Pisa, Italy
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Greve in Chianti, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
14
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h
End: San Jose, United States

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.
Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and The Jordaan. We've included these beaches for you: Strand Egmond aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Natuurgebied Zwanenwater (in Callantsoog) and Uitkijkduin Petten (in Petten). It doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

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

San Jose, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Jose to Amsterdam, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in October, things will get a bit cooler in Amsterdam: highs are around 59°F and lows about 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Uitkijkduin Petten, Zandvoort aan Zee, Natuurgebied Zwanenwater, Strand Egmond aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Le Marais and Arc de Triomphe. Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres in Ingrannes--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and kick back and relax at Paris Plage.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris vacation tool .

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

few
hours
Giverny, France

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Giverny trip builder app .

Getting from Paris to Giverny by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Giverny

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau des Tourelles, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Tourelles ©
Chateau des Tourelles

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): trek along Route des Cretes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, view the masterpieces at Verrerie d'Art de Kaysersberg, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kaysersberg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Turckheim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, steep yourself in history at Tour des Bouchers, then stop by Cave de Ribeauville, and finally wander the streets of Little Venice.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colmar trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Giverny to Colmar takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kaysersberg, Ribeauville, Route des Cretes, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Vin d'Alsace HORCHER
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Kaysersberg ©
Chateau de Kaysersberg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 25th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Maennlichen, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Hohematte Park, and finally stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planner .

Drive from Colmar to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Colmar in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Interlaken, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Maennlichen, Schynige Platte, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Popular historic sites such as Uferpromenade Weggis and Markuskirche are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. Go for a jaunt from Lucerne to Muri to see Muri Abbey about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Interlaken to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muri Abbey, Rotsee - Badi, Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Mercati di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Veneta, look for all kinds of wild species at Lio Piccolo, then stop by La Stramba, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Venice trip planner .

Drive from Lucerne to Venice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in October; daily highs in Venice reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Marino.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lio Piccolo, La Stramba
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
San Marino, Italy

San Marino ©
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Marino tour builder .

You can drive from Venice to San Marino in 2 hours. November in San Marino sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in San Marino

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini
Highlights from your plan
Torri di San Marino ©
Torri di San Marino
Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini ©
Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi, explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

You can drive from San Marino to Florence in 2 hours. While traveling from San Marino, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

1
day
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, stop by L'Orsa Minore, Libri & Mappe, steep yourself in history at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, then take in panoramic vistas at Leaning tower Pisa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of San Frediano.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Pisa planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Pisa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Greve in Chianti.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lucca
Highlights from your plan
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa

2
nights
Greve in Chianti, Italy

Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Castello di Monterinaldi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sant'Agostino, contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, then do a tasting at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, then contemplate the long history of Vignamaggio, and finally do a tasting at Enoteca Falorni.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Greve in Chianti trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pisa to Greve in Chianti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Greve in Chianti are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Greve in Chianti

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Castello di Monterinaldi, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Enoteca Falorni ©
Enoteca Falorni

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica. Head to Via Condotti and Caseificio le Perle degli Angelifor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), Riserva Naturale Monte Velino (in Magliano de' Marsi) and Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, make a trip to Roman Forum, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning tool .

Getting from Greve in Chianti to Rome by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. November in Rome sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Riserva Naturale Monte Velino, Caseificio le Perle degli Angeli, Duomo di Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

4
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo. For shopping fun, head to Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal or Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela. Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello), Pompeii (Lupanar & Teatro Grande) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), experience rural life at La Masseria Farm, take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Positano route builder site .

You can drive from Rome to Positano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 56°F in Positano. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Positano

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Pompeii, Massa Lubrense, Salerno, Castello Aragonese
Highlights from your plan
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Fornillo ©
Fornillo

2
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, trek along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza. On your second day here, hike along Levanto to Monterosso Trail, then examine the collection at Compiano Castle, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Bardi.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Positano to Cinque Terre takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus, subway, and train. Traveling from Positano in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Cinque Terre. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Castello di Bardi, Compiano Castle, Levanto to Monterosso Trail
Highlights from your plan
Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

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