44 days in Europe Itinerary

44 days in Europe Itinerary

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44 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
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Rotterdam, Holland
— Few hours
train:  15​min
2
Delft, Holland
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Lisse, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Haarlem, Holland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Giethoorn, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
+2
Fly + tram + train:  4​h 45​min
7
Lubeck, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
Hamburg, Germany
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Berlin, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Berchtesgaden, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
14
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h
15
Wurzburg, Germany
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
16
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Liege, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h
18
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
19
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
20
Honfleur, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
21
Versailles, France
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
22
Paris, France
— 1 day
train:  2​h
23
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
24
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
25
Antibes, France
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
26
Nice, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
27
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
28
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
29
Cortona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
30
Ravello, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
31
Positano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
32
Capri, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  6​h
33
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  3​h 15​min
34
Formentera, Spain
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
35
Valencia, Spain
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
36
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

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Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, and then take in panoramic vistas at Euromast.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip maker website .

Chicago, USA to Rotterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in December, with highs in Rotterdam at 47°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Delft.
Highlights from your plan
Euromast ©
Euromast
Erasmus Bridge ©
Erasmus Bridge
Rotterdam Centraal Station ©
Rotterdam Centraal Station

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Delft, Holland

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Delft online road trip planner .

Delft is just a stone's throw from Rotterdam. In December in Delft, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lisse.

Things to do in Delft

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Church ©
Old Church
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk
Beestenmarkt
Beestenmarkt

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Lisse, Holland

Lisse ©
Lisse is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Nieuwkoopse Plassen and then get in on the family fun at Linnaeushof. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore and take pictures at Kinderboerderij De Boerenzwaluw, stop by Winkelcentrum Viermeren, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Flower Bulb Region, then don't miss a visit to Los Canales de Leiden, and finally make a trip to Hoeve Wassergeest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisse planning app .

You can drive from Delft to Lisse in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Lisse, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Haarlem.

Things to do in Lisse

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hoofddorp, Los Canales de Leiden, Linnaeushof, Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen
Highlights from your plan
Linnaeushof ©
Linnaeushof
Kinderboerderij De Boerenzwaluw ©
Kinderboerderij De Boerenzwaluw

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Haarlem, Holland

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
On the 4th (Tue), kick back and relax at Zandvoort aan Zee, make a trip to Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then admire the landmark architecture of Molen De Adriaan Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Waalse Kerk Haarlem.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Haarlem online driving holiday planner .

Haarlem is just a short distance from Lisse. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Haarlem

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©

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Giethoorn, Holland

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Walibi Holland.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Giethoorn travel planning site .

You can drive from Haarlem to Giethoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

National Aviation Museum (Aviodrome), Walibi Holland
Highlights from your plan
Walibi Holland ©
Walibi Holland
National Aviation Museum (Aviodrome) ©

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Giethoorn to Amsterdam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Lubeck.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
VR GameHouse Amsterdam ©
VR GameHouse Amsterdam

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Lubeck, Germany

Lubeck ©
Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
On the 7th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Travemunde, examine the collection at Holstentor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marienkirche, and finally wander the streets of Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown).

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lubeck day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Amsterdam to Lubeck takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Lubeck, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Lubeck

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Travemunde ©
Travemunde
Holstentor ©
Holstentor
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©

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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Townhall and then examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg day trip planning website .

Take a train from Lubeck to Hamburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hamburg sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Townhall ©
Townhall

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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.
To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin ©
AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Venice, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Venice

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

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Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the activities along Konigsee, then take some stellar pictures from The Eagle's Nest, and then don't miss a visit to Berchtesgaden Salt Mines.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Berchtesgaden trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Venice to Berchtesgaden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Venice in December: high temperatures in Berchtesgaden hover around 42°F and lows are around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Konigssee
Highlights from your plan
Konigssee ©
Konigssee
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Berchtesgaden Salt Mines ©
Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll around English Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Schloss Nymphenburg, and then make a trip to Marienplatz.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Munich journey website .

Traveling by car from Berchtesgaden to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Fussen.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fussen sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Munich to Fussen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Fussen are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schloss Hohenschwangau
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 13th (Thu), make a trip to Altstadt, see the interesting displays at Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum), then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally get in on the family fun at Playmobil -FunPark.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nuremberg day trip app .

You can drive from Fussen to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Playmobil-FunPark
Highlights from your plan
Playmobil-FunPark ©
Playmobil-FunPark
Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum) ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

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Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
On the 14th (Fri), take a stroll through Old Town, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then have some family-friendly fun at LaserTag Wurzburg, and finally explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wurzburg trip planner .

Drive from Nuremberg to Wurzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wurzburg can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Rothenburg
Highlights from your plan
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
LaserTag Wurzburg ©
LaserTag Wurzburg
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

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Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take a stroll through Konigallee.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dusseldorf online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Wurzburg to Dusseldorf by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Wurzburg in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dusseldorf, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Liege.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Rheinturm ©
Rheinturm
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

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Liege, Belgium

Liege ©
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Liege sightseeing site .

Getting from Dusseldorf to Liege by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral) ©

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and then examine the collection at Atomium.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Liege to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges trip planner .

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Nature
Highlights from your plan
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
The Markt ©
The Markt
Stadhuis ©
Stadhuis

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Honfleur, France

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Church, then take in the views from Pont de Normandie, and then get to know the resident critters at Cerza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Deauville Beach and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Honfleur online route planner .

You can drive from Bruges to Honfleur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off toVersailles.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Falaises d'Etretat, Cerza, Deauville Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cerza ©
Cerza
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Deauville Beach ©
Deauville Beach

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Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 21st (Fri), step into the grandiose world of The Trianons & The Hamlet and then make a trip to France Miniature.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Versailles day trip app .

Getting from Honfleur to Versailles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

France Miniature
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
France Miniature ©
France Miniature
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Paris is just a stone's throw from Versailles. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then wander the streets of La Petite France, and finally don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg road trip planning website .

Take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Room Escape Games
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

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Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau.

Make your Aix-en-Provence itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Aix-en-Provence takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Strasbourg in December; daily highs in Aix-en-Provence reach 56°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Antibes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Fun & Games Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

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Antibes, France

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 26th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Bernardin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Antibes road trip website .

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Antibes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Antibes are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nice.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lérins Islands
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, and finally take a stroll through Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and then examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planning tool .

Nice is just a short distance from Antibes. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Room Escape Games
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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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.
On the 30th (Sun), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Nice to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in December, expect little chillier with lows of 39°F in Cinque Terre. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Florence.

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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Florence road trip planning site .

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cortona.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
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Piazza del Duomo

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Cortona, Italy

Cortona ©
The hilltop town of Cortona gained international attention as the subject of the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun." With the Chiana Valley and Lake Trasimeno as its backdrop, Cortona is one of Tuscany's hotspots for art and culture.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo Le Celle, explore the fascinating underground world of Belvedere di Cortona, then make a trip to Piazza della Repubblica, and finally get engrossed in the history at MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Cortona tour builder website .

Traveling by train from Florence to Cortona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ravello.

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Eremo Le Celle ©
Eremo Le Celle

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Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and then admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ravello road trip tool .

You can drive from Cortona to Ravello in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Ravello are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Positano.

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Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea

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Positano, Italy

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica della SS. Trinita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Positano trip itinerary maker tool .

Positano is very close to Ravello. In January in Positano, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Capri.

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Sorrento, Basilica della SS. Trinita
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Marina Grande Public Beach, explore the striking landscape at I Faraglioni, stroll through Giardini di Augusto, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Piccola, then Head underground at Blue Grotto, and finally make a trip to Piazza Umberto I.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Capri trip itinerary tool .

Capri is very close to Positano. In January, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palma de Mallorca.

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Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola
I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni
Marina Grande Public Beach ©
Marina Grande Public Beach

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca ©
Majorca, or Mallorca, is largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago.
To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Palma de Mallorca online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Capri to Palma de Mallorca takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Palma de Mallorca when traveling from Capri in January, with lows around 40°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Formentera.

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Castell de Bellver ©
Castell de Bellver
Can Corbella ©
Can Corbella
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Passeig des Born

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Formentera, Spain

Formentera ©
On holiday on Formentera, you'll enjoy the simple charms of island life.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Ses Illetes and then get great views at Torre de sa Punta Prima.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Formentera road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Palma de Mallorca to Formentera in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Palma de Mallorca in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Formentera, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Valencia.

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Playa de Ses Illetes ©
Playa de Ses Illetes
Torre de sa Punta Prima ©
Torre de sa Punta Prima

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Valencia, Spain

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
On the 9th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bioparc Valencia and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Valencia itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Formentera to Valencia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in January, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

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Bioparc Valencia ©
Bioparc Valencia
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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Retiro Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Valencia in January; daily highs in Madrid reach 51°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
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Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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