17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 2 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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Le Marais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planning app.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Campanile di Giotto and Duomo di Siena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Piazza del Campo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Florence day trip website.

You can fly from Paris to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 10th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Cannaregio, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in December, expect Venice to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lucerne.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Lucerne attractions planner.

Fly from Venice to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in December, things will get a bit cooler in Lucerne: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

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 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get curious at Deutsches Museum, then contemplate the long history of Asamkirche, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Munich online trip maker.

Getting from Lucerne to Munich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gendarmenmarkt and East Side Gallery. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

Find out how to plan Berlin trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.