25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
train:  1​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
7
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Louisville, United States

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roman Forum as well as Trevi Fountain. Palatine Hill and Piazza Navona will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Vatican Museums and Colosseum. Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome road trip planning tool .

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. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Louisville to Rome due to the time zone difference. May in Rome sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Palazzo Vecchio has been added to your itinerary. Let the collections at Galleria dell'Accademia and Uffizi Galleries capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico and Loggia dei Lanzi. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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.
On the 15th (Wed), wander the streets of Dorsoduro, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and then make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Salzburg.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hofbrauhaus Munchen, Alte Pinakothek, English Garden, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, then have a few drinks at Hofbrauhaus Munchen, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then don't miss a visit to Maximillianstrasse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich tour planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Munich are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Nature Parks
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 21st (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt).

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Zurich sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town

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 22nd (Wed): take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, get great views at The Nine Towers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online day trip planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

2
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the 23rd (Thu), take a stroll through La Petite France, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and then brush up on your military savvy at MM Park France. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie Artisanale Jos Nusbaumer, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, then do a tasting at Jean-Marie Straub, and finally step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg route planner .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Distillerie Artisanale Jos Nusbaumer, Domaine Albert Seltz, Jean-Marie Straub
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La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

3
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.
Visit Montmartre and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and stroll the grounds of The Catacombs of Paris.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

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

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You've now added Walking tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then make a trip to Place St. Gery, then take a stroll through Lower Town, and finally examine the collection at Atomium. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brussels vacation planning tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Brussels sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum Quarter, Vondelpark and Dam Square. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): make a trip to Dam Square, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and finally wander the streets of Leidseplein. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then stroll through Vondelpark.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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