27 days in Europe Itinerary

27 days in Europe Itinerary

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27 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
2
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  3 h 15 min
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h
9
Perivolos, Greece
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h
End: Ottawa, Canada

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and Parc de Furfooz. Visit Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan & Belfry of Bruges) and DOK City Beach (in Ghent). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Manneken Pis, and make a trip to Atomium.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brussels vacation builder.

Ottawa, Canada to Brussels is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Brussels, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in May, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bruges, DOK, Parc de Furfooz
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Casemates du Bock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, and finally try your luck at Casino 2000.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brussels to Luxembourg City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Casino 2000
Highlights from your plan
Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial ©
Casemates du Bock ©
Casemates du Bock

4
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Visit Schlossgarten Fulda and Beilstein Castle/Burg Metternich for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanstein Castle and Städel. Explore Frankfurt's surroundings by going to Eberbach Abbey (in Eltville am Rhein), Neroberg (in Wiesbaden) and Dom zu Worms (in Worms). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Felsenkirche, explore the historical opulence of Burg Thurant, and steep yourself in history at Historische Senfmühle.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt itinerary planner.

You can fly from Luxembourg City to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dom zu Worms, Burg Nanstein, Schlossgarten Fulda, Neroberg, Eberbach Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Neroberg ©
Neroberg
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Metternich Castle ©
Metternich Castle

1
night
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 12th (Sat), take a stroll through Koenigstrasse and then contemplate the long history of Maulbronn Abbey (Kloster Maulbronn). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mercedes-Benz Museum and then explore the historical opulence of Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart trip planner.

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Stuttgart takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss), Maulbronn Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Maulbronn Monastery ©
Maulbronn Monastery
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss) ©
Hohentubingen Castle (Schloss)

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Kunsthaus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt).

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. May in Zurich sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and then browse the exhibits of Einsteinhaus.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Bern sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)

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.
St Pierre Cathedral and Basilique Notre-Dame de Genève will appeal to history buffs. Chillon Castle and Lavaux Vinorama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Geneva to Lausanne to see Esplanade de Montbenon about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and see the interesting displays at Chateau de Penthes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Geneva itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Geneva, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Esplanade de Montbenon, Lavaux Vinorama, Vieux-Carouge
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Esplanade de Montbenon ©
Esplanade de Montbenon

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Temple of Poseidon and Panathenaic Stadium. Get some historical perspective at Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Spend the 24th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, and wander the streets of Plaka District.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Athens travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Athens in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Geneva to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Athens is somewhat warmer than Geneva - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perivolos.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Glyfada Beach, Temple of Poseidon
Highlights from your plan
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon

4
nights
Perivolos, Greece

Perivolos ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Akrotiri and Venetsanos Winery. You'll get in some beach time at Perissa Black Sand Beach and Red Beach. Take a break from Perivolos with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Imerovigli, about 30 minutes away.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Perivolos travel itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Athens to Perivolos. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perivolos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa, Cultural Village, Vlychada Beach, Venetsanos Winery
Highlights from your plan
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Vlychada Beach ©
Vlychada Beach

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