37 days in Europe Itinerary

37 days in Europe Itinerary

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37 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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 Le Marais and Louvre Museum. Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in April, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 23rd (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur, and then don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon attractions planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In April in Lyon, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip builder website .

Take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Calanques, Cours Mirabeau, Carrieres des Lumieres, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

3
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 27th (Sat): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, then admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, and finally wander the streets of Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice online route planner .

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

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 29th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale, then look for gifts at Florence Shop 4 It, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally view the masterpieces at Aria Art Gallery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florence planner .

Getting from Nice to Florence by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Escape the urban bustle at Catacombe di San Callisto and Parco Natura e Fattoria Didattica Voloalto. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, explore the galleries of Sistine Chapel, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rome trip maker .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rome, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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.
Visit Basilica di San Marco and St. Mark's Square for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and St Mark's Campanile. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice sightseeing tool .

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of St. Virgil, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Prater.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Vienna by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In May, Vienna is little chillier than Venice - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Prater ©
Prater

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Sporer Likör- & Punschmanufaktur. Kids will enjoy Salzburg Museum and Mirabell Palace. Take a break from Salzburg with a short trip to Golfclub Reit im Winkl in Kossen, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), stroll the grounds of Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), take in the spiritual surroundings of Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums Historic Sites Golf

Side Trip

Golfclub Reit im Winkl
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Salzburg Museum ©
Salzburg Museum
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
nights
Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Ceramiche di Vezio, take a stroll through Menaggio, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, and finally view the masterpieces at Abele Experientia Artis.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Varenna trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Salzburg to Varenna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Salzburg in May, you will find days in Varenna are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Interlaken.

Things to do in Varenna

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Perledo, Villa Carlotta, Orrido di Bellano, Abele Experientia Artis, Menaggio
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Menaggio ©
Menaggio

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Maennlichen and Alpenwildpark will thrill your kids. Your inner history buff will appreciate Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) and Schlosskirche. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern (in Bern), Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz (in Lenk im Simmental) and Axalp (in Brienz). The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planner.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Interlaken takes 4 hours. Traveling from Varenna in May, things will get a bit cooler in Interlaken: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Axalp, Maennlichen, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and then engage your brain at Swiss Museum of Transport.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip maker app .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Childrens Museums Nightlife Fun & Games
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Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church and then wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt). Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zurich travel route planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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