48 days in Europe Itinerary

48 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mons, Belgium
— 3 nights
2
Lucca, Italy
— 5 nights
3
Siena, Italy
— 6 nights
4
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
6
Schwangau, Germany
— 4 nights
7
Munich, Germany
— 7 nights
8
Nuremberg, Germany
— 6 nights
9
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights

3
nights
Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Popular historic sites such as Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial Waterloo 1815 are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Francois Duesberg Museum and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Explore Mons' surroundings by going to Citadelle (Citadel) (in Namur), Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle) and Passchendaele New British Cemetery (in Zonnebeke). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of St Symphorien Military Cemetery, learn about all things military at Mons Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Elisabeth, and examine the collection at Mundaneum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mons, use our trip itinerary maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Mons is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. September in Mons sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lucca.

Things to do in Mons

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Zonnebeke, Citadelle (Citadel), Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', Memorial Waterloo 1815
Highlights from your plan
Francois Duesberg Museum ©
Francois Duesberg Museum
Memorial Waterloo 1815 ©
Memorial Waterloo 1815
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery

5
nights
Lucca, Italy

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Delle Mummie Roccapelago and Museo Nazionale della Certosa Monumentale di Calci. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Le mura di Lucca and Santuario dei Santi Pellegrino e Bianco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucca: Parco di Pinocchio (in Collodi), Costiera di Calafuria (in Livorno) and Museo di Storia Naturale - Universita di Pisa (in Calci). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, see the interesting displays at Piaggio Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lucca tour itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mons to Lucca. Traveling from Mons in September, expect Lucca to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Lucca

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Pisa, Calci, Parco di Pinocchio, Museo Civico Etnografico, Isola Palmaria
Highlights from your plan
Fattoria al Dotto ©
Fattoria al Dotto
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca

6
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
You'll explore and learn at Museo della Porziuncola and Torre e Casa Campatelli. Popular historic sites such as Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Siena: Assisi (San Damiano, Eremo delle Carceri, &more), Torre Grossa (in San Gimignano) and Palazzo dei Priori (in Volterra). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, and make a trip to Piazza del Campo.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Siena day trip planner.

Drive from Lucca to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Assisi, San Gimignano, Certosa di Pontignano, Palazzo dei Priori
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazzale Michelangelo and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Castello di Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, examine the collection at Mus.e Firenze, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
Highlights from your plan
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Musee Visionnaire Zurich. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Maennlichen (in Grindelwald), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Alpenwildpark) and Lucerne (La Collection'Air Art Park, Biosphaere Entlebuch, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Florence in September, with highs in Zurich at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Maennlichen, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
Schwangau, Germany

Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Popular historic sites such as Schloss Neuschwanstein and Kirche St. Georg are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Stadtmuseum and Museum of the Bavarian Kings. Explore Schwangau's surroundings by going to Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal), Partnachklamm (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and Schwabisches Bauernhofmuseum Illerbeuren (Swabian Farm Museum Illerbeuren) (in Kronburg). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, browse the collection at Stadtbibliothek, take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, and stroll around Der Kurpark in Schwangau.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Schwangau visit planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Schwangau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Schwangau, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Fussen, Hohenschwangau, Floesser Museum, Stadtmuseum, Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

7
nights
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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Michael's Church for their historical value. Munich Residenz and Alte Pinakothek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Donaudurchbruch (in Kelheim) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau). There's much more to do: get curious at Deutsches Museum, see the interesting displays at BMW Museum, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, and explore the world behind art at Bavarian National Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Munich day trip website.

You can drive from Schwangau to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Donaudurchbruch, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

6
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Get some historical perspective at Würzburg Residence and St. Lorenz Church. Get some cultural insight at Fortress Marienberg and Town Walls. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Wurzburg (Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg & Der Hofgarten) and Rothenburg (Klostergarten, Reichsstadtmuseum, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House.

To plan Nuremberg vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Wurzburg, Stadtisches Museum Zirndorf
Highlights from your plan
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cologne Cathedral and Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum). Aachen Cathedral and Neroberg will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Cologne to Frankfurt to see Stadel Museum about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, see the interesting displays at The Cathedral Treasury, stroll the grounds of Melaten-Friedhof, and take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cologne trip planning website.

Getting from Nuremberg to Cologne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cologne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Neroberg, Aachen Cathedral, Stadel Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

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