20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 7 nights


Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zurich online trip builder.

Bangkok, Thailand to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Zurich. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bangkok in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the striking features of Lucerne Station and then stop by Altstadt Luzern. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis and then identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus.

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Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, and then stroll through Grindelwald-First.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald online attractions planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 27th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, head outdoors with Sunnegga, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Zermatt online tour planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano. On the next day, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Milan trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Milan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, daytime highs in Milan are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 2 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Place du Palais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, appreciate the history behind Statue of William Grover-Williams, then steep yourself in history at Vieux Monaco, then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casino Square.

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Drive from Milan to Monte-Carlo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Milan in December, with highs in Monte-Carlo at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). And it doesn't end there: stop by Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Nice is just a stone's throw from Monte-Carlo. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Monaco travel guide

Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.