16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly:  15​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Louisville, United States

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder website .

Louisville, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. May in Rome sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Sat), get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, indulge your taste buds at Castello di Verrazzano, and then wander the streets of Barberino Val d'Elsa. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia.

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You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Barberino Val d'Elsa, Castello di Verrazzano
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Venice

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andechs Monastery. On the next day, get curious at Deutsches Museum, then examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Munich online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Venice to Munich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Venice in May, with highs in Munich at 64°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Andechs Monastery
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Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Rietberg Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)
Rietberg Museum ©
Rietberg Museum
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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.
Popular historic sites such as Montmartre and Eiffel Tower are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Palace of Versailles and Musee Rodin. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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