39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
11
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Catacombe di San Callisto. There's lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome journey planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Rome due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence online trip maker .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canal Grande and Doge's Palace. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Venice online route planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Schonbrunn Palace and MuseumsQuartier Wien. Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Prater. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the striking features of Rathaus, and steep yourself in history at St. Mary's on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Vienna in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Venice in April, expect little chillier with lows of 6°C in Vienna. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Prater ©
Prater

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, then steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Museum ©
Salzburg Museum

2
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, make a trip to The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then admire the masterpieces at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle), and finally fly down the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Swarovski Crystal Worlds and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hinterriss-Eng.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or drive. In May in Innsbruck, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Hinterriss-Eng
Highlights from your plan
Alpenzoo ©
Alpenzoo
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Bergisel Ski Jump ©
Bergisel Ski Jump

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) & Mt Pilatus). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

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

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

4
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.
Spend the 11th (Sat) in some colorful company at Marineland. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online route planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Zurich to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Zurich in May, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Marineland ©
Marineland

1
night
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get in on the family fun at OK Corral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

8
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Paris and The Catacombs of Paris. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Marseille to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Jardin d'Acclimatation ©
Jardin d'Acclimatation
Musee des Arts et Metiers ©
Musee des Arts et Metiers

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then find something for the whole family at Swiss Vapeur Parc.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Geneva attractions planner.

Take a train from Paris to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Swiss Vapeur Parc
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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