42 days in Mexico & Europe Itinerary

42 days in Mexico & Europe Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 13 nights
Drive
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Orleans, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amboise, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angers, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Engelberg, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights

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Mexico City, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado De Artesanias La Ciudadela, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, then explore the world behind art at Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alameda Central, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Mural Diego Rivera.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City travel tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and Felipe Angeles International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 3 nights

Gibraltar of the North

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.
Popular historic sites such as Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial and Museum Drai Eechelen are in your itinerary. Visiting Casemates du Bock and Petrusse Casemates will get you outdoors. When in Luxembourg City, make a side trip to see Kikuoka Country Club in Canach, approximately Canach away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, don't miss a visit to Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, shop like a local with Am Tunnel (BCEE Batiment Rousegaertchen), and stroll around Parcs de la Petrusse.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Luxembourg City by flight takes about 18 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Luxembourg City: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 13 nights

City of Light

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 in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Petit Palais capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Reims (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, &more), Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, stop by Latin Quarter, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online route planner.

Traveling by train from Luxembourg City to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Orleans.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Orleans, France

— 2 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial des enfants du Vel d'Hiv, then don't miss a visit to Oratoire Carolingien de Germigny-des-Pres, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, and finally look for gifts at L'Atelier des Chimeres. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Musee du Theatre Forain, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then admire the masterpieces at Frac Centre-Val de Loire, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Orleans road trip site.

Drive from Paris to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Orleans

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Amboise, France

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): look for gifts at Galland Epicerie de Terroirs, then contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils, and finally explore the galleries of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Troglo Degusto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de la Trinite, then get to know the fascinating history of Escalier Denis Papin, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Troussay.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Amboise trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Orleans to Amboise in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Angers.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Angers, France

— 3 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Place du Ralliement and Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Musee Lurcat and Carre Plantagenet. Explore Angers' surroundings by going to Arche de la Nature (in Le Mans City) and Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes (in Solesmes). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, make a trip to Collegiale Saint-Martin, browse the exhibits of Musee des Beaux-Arts, and pause for some photo ops at Maison d'Adam.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Angers driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Amboise to Angers in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Angers can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 14th (Fri), walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), savor the flavors at Chateau Pape Clement, then shop like a local with Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally hit the slopes at Urban Ski Bordeaux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Fleche Saint-Michel, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche des Capucins, then examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Croix.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip site.

Take a train from Angers to Bordeaux in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, examine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take an in-depth tour of Memoriale Della Shoah Di Milano, then appreciate the history behind Arco della Pace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Milan visit site.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Milan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Milan when traveling from Bordeaux in January, with lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Montreux, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Fondation de l'Hermitage, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, and then savor the flavors at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, indulge your taste buds at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Musee Suisse du Jeu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Vincent.

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Drive from Milan to Montreux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): have fun and explore at Word Nature Forum - UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, explore the historical opulence of Stockalper Palace, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riederalp. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zermatt trip builder.

You can drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Engelberg, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Titlis and then examine the collection at Tal Museum Engelberg. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Schlosschen Beroldingen, fly down the slopes at Mythenregion, and then see the interesting displays at Ital Reding Estate.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Engelberg trip maker tool.

Getting from Zermatt to Engelberg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Church of St. Peter, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally browse the different shops at Einkaufszentrum Glatt. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wasserkirche, examine the collection at Zoological Museum, then look for gifts at Maurice de Mauriac, then head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and finally get engrossed in the history at Haus zum Rech.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip maker.

Getting from Engelberg to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Basel, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Get some historical perspective at Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche and Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten. Do your shopping at Art Basel and Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Museum fur Musikautomaten (in Seewen) and Kloster Mariastein (in Metzerlen-Mariastein). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom von Arlesheim, tour or see a show at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and explore the world behind art at Antikenmuseum Basel.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Basel are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.