38 days in Western Europe Itinerary

38 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe planner
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Salzburg, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cannes, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Salzburg, Austria — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Do your shopping at Getreidegasse and EUROPARK. Take a break from the city and head to Achensee and Untersberg. Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Gollinger Wasserfall (in Golling an der Salzach), Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Hallstatt (Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick" & Badestrand Hallstatt). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, hit the slopes at Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Salzburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiports are Salzburg Airport, Linz-Hörsching Airport / Vogler Air Base and Innsbruck Airport. July in Salzburg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 5 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to English Garden and Alpseebad. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Viktualienmarkt and Marienplatz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Strandbad Ubersee (in Ubersee), Strandbad Seeon (in Seeon) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Munich road trip website.

Getting from Salzburg to Munich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Walking tours and The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Step out of the city life by going to Berlin Racing Bikes and Strandbad Tegeler See. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, and don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin road trip tool.

Getting from Munich to Berlin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 6 nights

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes. Shop till you drop at Marche Forville and Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie. Venture out of the city with trips to Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook & Castel Plage). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands, make a trip to Rue Meynadier, head off the coast to Île Sainte-Marguerite, and kick back and relax at Juan les Pins Main Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip maker tool.

Getting from Berlin to Cannes by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 5 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Bring the kids along to The Matterhorn and Gornergrat. Get in touch with nature at Aletsch Glacier and 5 Lakes Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zermatt: Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach (in Ernen), Lac Alpin De Champex (in Champex) and Gommer Hohenweg (in Bellwald). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Marmot Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zermatt sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Cannes to Zermatt in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seebad Eich and Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee. Attractions like Parasailing & Paragliding and Rigi make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Zurich (Lake Zurich & Bahnhofstrasse). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus.

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Traveling by car from Zermatt to Lucerne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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 3rd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Max Studio, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then view the masterpieces at Laboratori Artigiano Vetro Calchera Fabio, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Itaca Art Studio di Monica Martin.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Venice attractions planner.

You can fly from Lucerne to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in August, expect Venice to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For shopping fun, head to Mercato Centrale or Limbo Art Gallery. Bring the kids along to Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto.

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

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Take a break from the city and head to Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Le Palme. Attractions like Colosseum and Piazza Navona make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Rome to Castel Gandolfo to see Le Ninfe about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, stop by Murano Piu Made In Italy, and steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome journey website.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Austria travel guide

4.6
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.
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