38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  31​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  8​h
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
12
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and Orangery at Schoenbrunn Palace are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Center of Vienna, and get outside with Donauinsel.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Vienna online day trip planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Vienna is an approximately 34-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Vienna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in May, expect Vienna to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Visit Fortress Hohensalzburg and Schloss Hellbrunn for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Salzburg Cathedral and Salzburger Altstadt. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Salzburg are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salzburger Altstadt ©
Salzburger Altstadt
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Nymphenburg Palace and Schloss Neuschwanstein are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Munich Residenz and Deutsches Museum. Step out of Munich to go to Dachau and see Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, admire the landmark architecture of Sankt Benno, and get to know the fascinating history of Haidhausen.

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Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Avenue Jean Medecin as well as Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get some historical perspective at La Croisette and Monastère de Cimiez. Go for a jaunt from Nice to St-Paul-de-Vence to see Saint-Paul de Vence about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice vacation site .

Getting from Munich to Nice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munich in May, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

3
nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, admire the masterpieces at Villa Carlotta, then steep yourself in history at Menaggio, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Monastero.

Plan trip to Varenna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Nice to Varenna in 5 hours. Traveling from Nice in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Varenna, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, Menaggio, Orrido di Bellano, Villa Carlotta
Highlights from your plan
i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Sacro Monte di Ossuccio ©
Sacro Monte di Ossuccio
Menaggio ©
Menaggio

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Get some cultural insight at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio and Basilica di Santa Tecla. Go for a jaunt from Milan to Opera to see Santuario Madonna dell'Aiuto about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at La Casa Maledetta, take a stroll through Via Lincoln, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Brera District.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Milan travel route builder site .

You can take a train from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Santuario Madonna dell'Aiuto
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio ©
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

1
night
St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
St.
On the 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Segantini Museum and then get great views at Muottas Muragl.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read St. Moritz sightseeing website .

You can drive from Milan to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Traveling from Milan in June, things will get a bit cooler in St. Moritz: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Segantini Museum ©
Segantini Museum
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from St. Moritz to Zermatt takes 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trümmelbachfälle as well as UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of the city life by going to Jungfraujoch and Lake Lucerne. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne route planner.

Getting from Interlaken to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Luxembourg Gardens, Luxembourg Palace, Fondation Claude Monet, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip website .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Lucerne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Claude Monet
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leemstar, Amsterdam Canal Cruises as well as Boats4rent. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Visit Grote Markt and Begijnhof for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Grote Markt
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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