23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Vaduz, Liechtenstein
— 1 night
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 1 night
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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City of San Marino, San Marino
— 1 night
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Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 27th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, then take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche. On your second day here, get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip planning site.

Santiago, Chile to Zurich is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Santiago to Zurich. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vaduz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

— 1 night
As the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz is the country's financial and economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Vaduz Castle, then make a trip to Gutenberg Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Florin, and finally see the interesting displays at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vaduz online travel route builder.

You can drive from Zurich to Vaduz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Vaduz

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm), take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then pause for some serene contemplation at Dom zu St. Jakob, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Alpenzoo, and finally hit the slopes at Bergisel Ski Jump. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten, fly down the slopes at Stubaier Gletscher, and then buy something for everyone on your list at RathausGalerien.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Innsbruck journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Vaduz to Innsbruck takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Vienna.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at The Hofburg, get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Innsbruck to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 1 night

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Michalska Brana, step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, snap pictures at New Bridge (Novy Most), then admire the landmark architecture of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), and finally wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bratislava trip itinerary website.

Drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Budapest vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zagreb road trip planning app.

You can drive from Budapest to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church, then explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, and finally browse for gifts or souvenirs at Galerija Mikame. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Dragon Bridge, take in the views from Triple Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then step off the mainland to explore Bled Island, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mala Osojnica.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana trip planning app.

Getting from Zagreb to Ljubljana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Ljubljana are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

City of San Marino, San Marino

— 1 night
The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stop by Fantini Pelletteria, explore the historical opulence of Guaita, don't miss a visit to Cava dei Balestrieri, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Titan, and finally contemplate the long history of Cesta Tower.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our City of San Marino online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to City of San Marino takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ljubljana in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in City of San Marino, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Bologna, Italy

— 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Compianto sul Cristo Morto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, and finally contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from City of San Marino to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bologna when traveling from City of San Marino in January, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Milan, Italy

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, browse the exhibits of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, get engrossed in the history at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Bologna to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

San Marino travel guide

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Historic Sites · Museums · Castles
San Marino is a country characterized by its architecture--namely, the three towers that adorn the country's flag and coat of arms. As a result, most of the tourist attractions here center around the structures protruding from the hill of the country. The third-smallest nation in Europe, it is surprising that San Marino managed to gain independence from robust Italy. This status has created great pride among the Sanmarinese, although Italian culture is still quite influential as the country is completely surrounded by Italy. And while its size has obvious disadvantages, the advantages for tourism strongly outweigh them. Visitors don't need to travel to get a sense of the country (there isn't far to go!), and this generates an intimacy and friendliness among locals that is lost in most larger countries.