37 days in Western Europe Itinerary

37 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
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Bergen, Norway
— 1 night
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Syracuse, Italy
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse. Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Jesuitenkirche (in Lucerne) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich online day trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Zurich is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in August, expect Zurich to be colder, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can fly to Oslo.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Oslo, Norway

— 4 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Explore hidden gems such as Viking Ship Museum and Holmenkollen Ski Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vigeland Museum and National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Fram Museum, ponder the world of politics at Rådhuset, walk around Vigeland Park, and examine the collection at Kon-Tiki Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Oslo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. In August, Oslo is a bit cooler than Zurich - with highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Bergen, Norway

— 1 night

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
On the 22nd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Bryggen and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bergen day trip planning site.

Getting from Oslo to Bergen by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in August, expect nights in Bergen to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Bergen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 3 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Thingvellir National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Iceland and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Reykjavik road trip planning site.

Getting from Bergen to Reykjavik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bergen in August: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 16°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

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Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip website.

Fly from Reykjavik to Paris in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Reykjavik in August, with highs in Paris at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vieille Ville and Plage de Vergeron. Head to La Croisette and Rue d'Antibesfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Suquet (in Cannes), TakSea (in Saint-Raphael) and Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Venice.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and St Mark's Campanile. Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

Make your Venice itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Nice to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Venice when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of Santa Croce and Campanile di Giotto. Get some cultural insight at Le mura di Lucca and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Duomo di Pisa in Pisa, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, shop like a local with Mercato Centrale, and admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip planning site.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Siena, Italy

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piazza del Campo and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Siena and Basilica di Santa Chiara. Explore Siena's surroundings by going to Rocca Paolina (in Perugia), Assisi (Rocca Maggiore, Eremo delle Carceri, &more) and Museo della Porziuncola (in Santa Maria degli Angeli). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Galgano, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni, and don't miss a visit to Duomo di San Gimignano.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Siena trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Siena sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Syracuse.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Syracuse, Italy

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riserva Naturale Orientata Oasi faunistica di Vendicari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siracusa and then surround yourself with nature on Ortigia Island Excursion.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Syracuse travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Syracuse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Syracuse

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

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.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

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.