18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Sarnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Konstanz, Germany
— 1 night
8
Schwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
9
Obertraun, Austria
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Merano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Selva di Val Gardena, Italy
— 1 night
14
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
15
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
16
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tokyo, Japan

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planning site .

Tokyo, Japan to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Locarno.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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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 12th (Sun): meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, then grab your bike and head to Monte Tamaro, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Locarno online tour planner .

Drive from Zurich to Locarno in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zurich in August since evenings lows in Locarno dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sarnen.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Monte Tamaro, Castelgrande
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Monte Tamaro ©
Monte Tamaro
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno

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Sarnen, Switzerland

Sarnen
Sarnen is the capital of the canton of Obwalden situated on the shores of Lake Sarnen (Sarner See), Switzerland. To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Sarnen visit planner .

Traveling by car from Locarno to Sarnen takes 2.5 hours. In August, Sarnen is a bit cooler than Locarno - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off toLucerne.

Things to do in Sarnen

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne day trip tool .

Lucerne is just a stone's throw from Sarnen. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vaduz.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Beaches
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Vaduz ©
As the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz is the country's financial and economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Ski Region Malbun and then do a tasting at Hofkellerei (Wine Cellars) of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vaduz sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Lucerne to Vaduz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Vaduz

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Ski Resort Malbun
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Ski Resort Malbun ©
Ski Resort Malbun

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 16th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Marktplatz, steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then take a stroll through Old Town, then get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and finally contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg.

Before you visit Rothenburg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Vaduz to Rothenburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Konstanz.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Marktplatz
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Marktplatz ©
Marktplatz

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Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz ©
Set on the border with Switzerland and on the shores of the lake of the same name, Konstanz represents both a city of leisure and some of the country’s best education.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): head off the coast to Mainau.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Konstanz trip planner .

Getting from Rothenburg to Konstanz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Konstanz

Parks Nature
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Mainau ©
Mainau

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Schwangau, Germany

Schwangau ©
An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, contemplate the waterfront views at Alpseebad, then admire the striking features of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Forggensee.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Schwangau trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Konstanz to Schwangau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Schwangau are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Obertraun.

Things to do in Schwangau

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fussen, Hohenschwangau
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Alpseebad ©
Alpseebad
Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

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Obertraun, Austria

Obertraun ©
Obertraun, Upper Austria is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): let the kids burn off some steam at Obertraun Bathing Area/Lakeside Recreation Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Badestrand Hallstatt, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Obertraun tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Schwangau to Obertraun in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Obertraun

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Badestrand Hallstatt
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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg journey planner.

Getting from Obertraun to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Salzburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Red Bull Hangar-7 ©
Red Bull Hangar-7
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): hit the slopes at Rosshutte, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, then admire the striking features of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally explore the historical opulence of Burgruine Thaur.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Innsbruck driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Salzburg to Innsbruck in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Merano.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Rosshutte, Burgruine Thaur
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Rosshutte ©
Rosshutte
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
Burgruine Thaur ©
Burgruine Thaur

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Merano, Italy

Merano ©
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): trek along Tappeiner Promenade and then take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff.

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

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Merano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Innsbruck in August: high temperatures in Merano hover around 35°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selva di Val Gardena.

Things to do in Merano

Parks Trails Outdoors
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I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff ©

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Selva di Val Gardena, Italy

Selva di Val Gardena ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): trek along Sentiero per Rifugio Stevia and then hit the slopes at Val Gardena.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Selva di Val Gardena trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Merano to Selva di Val Gardena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Merano in August, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Selva di Val Gardena: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Selva di Val Gardena

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Val Gardena ©
Val Gardena

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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 24th (Fri), take a stroll through Cannaregio, head off the coast to Isola di Burano, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally make a trip to Dorsoduro.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Venice holiday planning website .

Getting from Selva di Val Gardena to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Selva di Val Gardena in August, you will find days in Venice are warmer (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri

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Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 25th (Sat), make a trip to Piazza Bra, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia, then snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo di Castelvecchio.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Verona trip planner .

Take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Verona, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites
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Piazza Bra ©
Piazza Bra
Basilica di Santa Anastasia ©
Basilica di Santa Anastasia
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and then take a stroll through Navigli District.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Milan trip planner .

Getting from Verona to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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I Navigli ©
I Navigli

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