23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Santa Ana, United States
Drive + Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Ghent, Belgium
— Few hours
train:  1​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Interlaken, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
8
Kandersteg, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
11
Brussels, Belgium
— Few hours
train:  45​min
12
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
13
Brussels, Belgium
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 30​min
14
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
15
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
17
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
18
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
19
Ghent, Belgium
— Few hours
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 30​min
20
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
21
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Reno, United States

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Paris, France

Paris
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip maker .

Santa Ana, USA to Paris is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Ana in September, with highs in Paris at 70°F and lows at 53°F. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Ghent.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Shopping
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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 30th (Mon), examine the collection at Atomium and then steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

Start your trip to Brussels by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). You will leave for Ghent on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
On the 1st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral and then indulge your taste buds at BE O Markt.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ghent trip planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Ghent in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Shopping
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St. Nicholas' Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas' Cathedral

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels
For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. You will leave for Zurich on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Zurich holiday site .

You can fly from Brussels to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October in Zurich, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car 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

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern, make a trip to The Nine Towers, then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lucerne holiday app .

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Shopping
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rigi ©
Rigi

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 5th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Lucerne to Interlaken by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandersteg.

Things to do in Interlaken

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Kandersteg, Switzerland

Kandersteg ©
Kandersteg is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Trummer Woodcarving and then take in the views from Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandersteg visit planning tool .

Drive from Interlaken to Kandersteg in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Kandersteg

Shopping

Side Trips

Trummer Woodcarving, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
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Trummer Woodcarving ©
Trummer Woodcarving
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument and then don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bern day trip planning app .

Drive from Kandersteg to Bern in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.
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Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge
Zahringerdenkmal monument ©
Zahringerdenkmal monument

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
On the 6th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich holiday maker .

Getting from Bern to Zurich by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites
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Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels
To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brussels tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Brussels takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 6th (Sun), you'll travel to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), appreciate the extensive heritage of St Michael's Bridge, then make a trip to Ghent City Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Graslei and Korenlei, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ghent trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels
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You can take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Rome.

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in October; daily highs in Rome reach 73°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Florence tour planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 12th (Sat), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, and finally make a trip to Borgo Antico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro, then trek along Cinque Terre Trails, and finally trek along Cinque Terre footpaths.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice online route planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Venice hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel planning tool .

Fly from Venice to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Venice, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent
For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ghent vacation builder website .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Ghent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll set off for Bruges on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Ghent

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 16th (Wed), make a trip to Big Ben, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the London trip planner .

You can drive from Ghent to London in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in London can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

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Paris, France

Paris ©
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). Explore Paris further: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris route tool .

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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