16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Martigues, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Les Baux de Provence, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Mirepoix, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
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Montelimar, France
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Chiomonte, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne road trip planning app.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Interlaken
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Stresa, Italy

Stresa
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. On the 9th (Sat), browse for treasures at Epoque Antichita e Restauro.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Stresa trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Lucerne to Stresa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Lucerne in May, expect nights in Stresa to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Stresa

Shopping
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Nice, France

Nice ©
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 out of Nice to go to Agay and see Massif de l'Esterel, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip app.

You can drive from Stresa to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Stresa in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Martigues.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marineland, Massif de l'Esterel
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel

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Martigues, France

Martigues
Martigues is a commune northwest of Marseille. To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Martigues trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nice to Martigues in 2.5 hours. May in Martigues sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Les Baux de Provence.

Things to do in Martigues

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Les Baux de Provence, France

Les Baux de Provence ©
Les Baux-de-Provence is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. On the 13th (Wed), admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, examine the collection at Musee des Santons, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, then meet the residents at Zoo De La Barben, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Vincent, see the interesting displays at Musee Yves Brayer, then experience rural life at Moulin CastelaS, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Les Baux de Provence trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Martigues to Les Baux de Provence by car takes about an hour. May in Les Baux de Provence sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Barcelona.

Things to do in Les Baux de Provence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Tarascon, Zoo De La Barben
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Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Zoo De La Barben ©
Zoo De La Barben

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): walk around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Les Baux de Provence to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mirepoix.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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Mirepoix, France

Mirepoix ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Bastide de Mirepoix, don't miss a visit to Mirepoix, then admire the landmark architecture of Place des Couverts, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mirepoix Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Place Marechal Leclerc.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mirepoix trip itinerary website.

Drive from Barcelona to Mirepoix in 4 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Mirepoix, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Montelimar.

Things to do in Mirepoix

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mirepoix
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Mirepoix Cathedral ©
Mirepoix Cathedral
Mirepoix ©
Mirepoix
Place des Couverts ©
Place des Couverts

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Montelimar, France

Montelimar ©
Montélimar is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France. On the 18th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at La Danse des Iris, examine the collection at Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, see the interesting displays at Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse, then examine the collection at Le Chaudron d'Or, and finally examine the collection at L'Artisan Nougatier.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Montelimar trip maker app.

You can drive from Mirepoix to Montelimar in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Montelimar can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Chiomonte.

Things to do in Montelimar

Museums Parks
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Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse ©
L'Artisan Nougatier ©
L'Artisan Nougatier

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Chiomonte, Italy

Chiomonte ©
Chiomonte is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Turin in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 60km west of Turin. On the 19th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Porta Savoia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Susa Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Arco di Augusto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia della Novalesa, and finally learn about winemaking at Casa Ronsil Wine. On the next day, head outdoors with Colle delle Finestre, make a trip to Certosa DI Madonna Della Losa, then make a trip to Anfiteatro Romano, then contemplate the long history of Forte Di Exilles, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Naturale del Gran Bosco di Salbertrand.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chiomonte travel site.

Traveling by car from Montelimar to Chiomonte takes 4 hours. May in Chiomonte sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Locarno.

Things to do in Chiomonte

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Susa, Certosa DI Madonna Della Losa, Abbazia della Novalesa, Colle delle Finestre, Forte Di Exilles
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Abbazia della Novalesa ©
Abbazia della Novalesa
Arco di Augusto ©
Arco di Augusto
Colle delle Finestre ©
Colle delle Finestre

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Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Lungolago Di Ascona, cool off at Lido Locarno, then meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Locarno travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Chiomonte to Locarno takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Locarno when traveling from Chiomonte in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lungolago Di Ascona
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Lungolago Di Ascona ©
Lungolago Di Ascona
Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno

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