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
— 2 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:  4 h 15 min
13
Versailles, France
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
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 a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Le Marais. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and stroll through Paris Plage.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in April; daily highs in Paris reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 28th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum and then look for gifts at Lego Store.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne online tour planner.

Take a train from Paris to Cologne in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
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 29th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then stop by The American Book Center. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at PGC Hajenius and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip planner.

Getting from Cologne to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hannover.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Heineken Experience ©
Heineken Experience

2
nights
Hannover, Germany

Hannover ©
Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Aegidienkirche and Historisches Museum Hannover. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Herrenhaeuser Garten, get outside with Der Kleine Tauchladen, and look for gifts at Markthalle.

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

You can fly from Amsterdam to Hannover in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Hannover

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Herrenhaeuser Garten ©
Herrenhaeuser Garten
Aegidienkirche ©
Aegidienkirche
Der Kleine Tauchladen ©
Der Kleine Tauchladen

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 3rd (Tue), look for gifts at Item Shop.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Munich sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hannover to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rust.

Things to do in Munich

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Item Shop ©
Item Shop

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 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Augustiner Museum, then make a trip to Munsterplatz, and then get to know the resident critters at Mundenhof. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schlossberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Herz-Jesu-Kirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Freiburger Münster, and finally contemplate the long history of Historisches Kaufhaus.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rust route planner.

Getting from Munich to Rust by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, and then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Rust to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Highlights from your plan
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Milan trip maker app.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Milan in 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 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca di Brera ©
Pinacoteca di Brera
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 9th (Mon): stop by Sogno Veneziano Atelier, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and finally stop by I Tre Mercanti. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, then join in the after-dark buzz at Caffe Pedrocchi, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel

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.
You'll explore and learn at Galleria Borghese and Art Studio Cafe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Tivoli to see Villa d'Este about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, look for gifts at Libreria Altroquando, and visit Trastevere.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome travel planning app.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Rome, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and finally look for gifts at Leonardo Shoes. On the next day, look for gifts at Pegna, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and then look for gifts at Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Palazzo Vecchio ©
Palazzo Vecchio
Museo Nazionale del Bargello ©
Museo Nazionale del Bargello

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Maison Auer, then visit Vieille Ville, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): look for gifts at Chocolatier Lacroix and then examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Florence to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Versailles.

Things to do in Nice

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage

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night
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 19th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at The Royal Chapel and then admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Versailles visit planner.

You can fly from Nice to Versailles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in May since evenings lows in Versailles dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Royal Chapel ©
The Royal Chapel
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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