26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Hannover, Germany
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Rust, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
11
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
12
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Get some historical perspective at Montmartre and Palace of Versailles. Shop till you drop at Le Marais and La Grande Epicerie de Paris Rive Gauche. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by The Abbey Bookshop, shop like a local with Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris online trip maker.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Paris

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): stop by Lego Store, admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then stop by Tonger - Haus der Musik, and finally stop by Kolner Weinkeller.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cologne journey website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Cologne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Cologne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kolner Weinkeller ©
Kolner Weinkeller
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
Lego Store ©
Lego Store

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): look for gifts at PGC Hajenius, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then look for gifts at De Kaaskamer.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hannover.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Hannover, Germany

Hannover ©
Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Visit Gedenkstatte Bergen-Belsen and Aegidienkirche for their historical value. Take a break from Hannover with a short trip to Bomann Museum in Celle, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Herrenhaeuser Garten, stop by Markthalle, and meet the residents at Erlebnis Zoo Hannover.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hannover itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Hannover takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Hannover, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Hannover

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bomann Museum, Gedenkstatte Bergen-Belsen
Highlights from your plan
Herrenhaeuser Garten ©
Herrenhaeuser Garten
Gedenkstatte Bergen-Belsen ©
Gedenkstatte Bergen-Belsen
Bomann Museum ©
Bomann Museum

1
night
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 4th (Wed), look for gifts at Schrannenhalle and then stop by Item Shop.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hannover to Munich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rust.

Things to do in Munich

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Item Shop ©
Item Shop
Schrannenhalle ©
Schrannenhalle

2
nights
Rust, Germany

Rust ©
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Augustiner Museum, admire the striking features of Freiburger Münster, steep yourself in history at Historisches Kaufhaus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Herz-Jesu-Kirche, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bachle, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundenhof. On the next day, savor the flavors at MarktHalle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schlossberg.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rust holiday planner.

Drive from Munich to Rust in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Rust

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Freiburg im Breisgau
Highlights from your plan
Schlossberg ©
Schlossberg
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Augustiner Museum ©
Augustiner Museum

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 7th (Sat), examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg. On your second day here, look for gifts at Mad Cow, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Interlaken using our trip planner.

Getting from Rust to Interlaken by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Interlaken

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge, Kleine Scheidegg
Highlights from your plan
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and then stroll around Parco Sempione.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Milan visit planner.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Interlaken in May, things will get a bit warmer in Milan: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Spas Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parco Sempione ©
Parco Sempione
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Spas & Wellness

2
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 10th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally stop by I Tre Mercanti. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ca' Rezzonico and then kick back and relax at Blue Moon.

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Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Blue Moon
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Ca' Rezzonico ©
Ca' Rezzonico

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.
Let the collections at Galleria Borghese and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Oasi Naturista (in Lido di Ostia) and Villa d'Este (in Tivoli). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, look for gifts at Giuliani Fabbrica Marrons Glaces & Cioccolateria, wander the streets of Trastevere, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rome online travel route planner.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Oasi Naturista, St. Peter's Basilica, Villa d'Este
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
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 16th (Mon): stop by Leonardo Shoes, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then stroll through Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally look for gifts at Pegna. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique and then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Palazzo Vecchio ©
Palazzo Vecchio

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Maison Auer, stop by Patisserie Canet, and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nice day trip site.

Traveling by car from Florence to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Nice sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Lérins Islands
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

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