43 days in Europe Itinerary

43 days in Europe Itinerary

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43 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Raleigh, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
9
Auronzo di Cadore, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
12
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Capri, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
14
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
15
Imerovigli, Greece
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
16
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Raleigh, United States

3
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.
Visiting Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Hall of Mirrors and Paris Plage. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planner .

Raleigh, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Raleigh to Paris is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Raleigh in August, with highs in Paris at 77°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then take a stroll through The Jordaan. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum and then examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauen, Frankfurt, pause for some photo ops at Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille, admire the striking features of Main Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Liebieghaus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche), and finally explore the world behind art at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Messeturm, examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, examine the collection at German Film Museum, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Architekturmuseum, then take in the pleasant sights at Mainkai, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dreikonigskirche.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt online route maker .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
German Film Museum ©
German Film Museum
Museum fur Kommunikation ©
Museum fur Kommunikation

2
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.
On the 31st (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Heiliggeistkirche, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then walk around English Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Roberto Beach. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Deutsches Museum and then see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich planner .

Take a train from Frankfurt to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Munich sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Roberto Beach
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 2nd (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On your second day here, look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, then explore the historical opulence of Munot, and finally admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Munot, Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 4th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ufschotti Park, then identify plant and animal life at Pilatus Luzern, then admire the landmark architecture of Markuskirche, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection, get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne holiday builder app .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark and then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Hohematte Park, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet, then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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.
On the 9th (Wed), kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, then explore the world behind art at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, and finally get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Vallorbe, then examine the collection at Chateau de Nyon, then examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and finally examine the collection at Musee Ariana.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geneva road trip planning site .

Getting from Interlaken to Geneva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auronzo di Cadore.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Nyon, Grottes de Vallorbe
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde
Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Auronzo di Cadore, Italy

Auronzo di Cadore ©
Auronzo di Cadore is a comune (municipality) in the province of Belluno (Cadore) in the Italian region of Veneto, located about 120km north of Venice and about 50km northeast of Belluno.The municipality of Auronzo di Cadore has the famous mountain group of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Lake Misurina. On the 12th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Auronzo, head outdoors with Val Fiscalina, then fly down the slopes at Monte Elmo, and finally explore the activities along Lago d'Antorno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadini di Misurina, get engrossed in the history at Museo storico all'aperto della 1a Guerra Mondiale, then hike along Lago d’Antorno – Monte Piana (Capanna Carducci), and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auronzo di Cadore trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Auronzo di Cadore takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auronzo di Cadore when traveling from Geneva in September, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Venice.

Things to do in Auronzo di Cadore

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sesto, Cascata del Pissandolo
Highlights from your plan
Tre Cime di Lavaredo ©
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Cadini di Misurina ©
Cadini di Misurina

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.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. On the next day, wander the streets of Campo Santa Margherita, make a trip to Church of San Pantalon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, and finally wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip app .

Traveling by car from Auronzo di Cadore to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cascata delle Marmore and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colosseum and Duomo di Orvieto. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Centrale Montemartini, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the galleries of Museo Cappella Sansevero. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica, and then delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Naples trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Capri.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pompeii Archaeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Galleria Borbonica ©
Galleria Borbonica
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli ©

2
nights
Capri, Italy

Capri
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
Get outdoors at I Faraglioni and Marina Piccola. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa San Michele and Marina Grande Public Beach. The adventure continues: trek along Fortini Coastal Walk, Head underground at Blue Grotto, contemplate the long history of Villa Jovis, and enjoy the sea views from Punta Carena Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Capri trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Naples to Capri by car takes about 2.5 hours. September in Capri sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Capri

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Anacapri
Highlights from your plan
I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni
Villa San Michele ©
Villa San Michele
Fortini Coastal Walk ©
Fortini Coastal Walk

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Hephaestus, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Plaka, then make a trip to Erechtheion, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Lycabettus, and finally don't miss a visit to Corinth Canal.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Athens vacation planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Capri to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Capri to Athens due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Athens are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Imerovigli.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Corinth Canal
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

3
nights
Imerovigli, Greece

Imerovigli ©
Imerovigli, famed for its Cycladic architecture, claims one of the most dramatic positions in all of Greece.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Perissa Black Sand Beach and Red Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skaros Rock and Cultural Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Imerovigli: Akrotiri (Akrotiri, SYMPOSION by La Ponta, & more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Artemis Karamolegos Winery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and examine the collection at Tomato Industrial Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Imerovigli trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Athens to Imerovigli. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Imerovigli

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Fira, Cultural Village, Tomato Industrial Museum, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Highlights from your plan
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Skaros Rock ©
Skaros Rock
Red Beach ©
Red Beach

3
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

Mykonos Town ©
A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pyrgaki, then see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum, then explore the ancient world of Portara, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Mytho, make a trip to The Windmills (Kato Milli), then take in the waterfront activity at Old Port, then kick back and relax at Ornos Beach, and finally stroll through Paradise Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mykonos Town trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Imerovigli to Mykonos Town. In September, daytime highs in Mykonos Town are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ornos Beach, Portara, Paradise Beach, Eggares Olive Press Museum, Pyrgaki
Highlights from your plan
Old Port ©
Old Port
Ornos Beach ©
Ornos Beach
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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