41 days in Europe Itinerary

41 days in Europe Itinerary

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41 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
11
Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 30​min
12
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
13
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Perth, Australia

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at State Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk) and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, and explore the world behind art at Armoury Chamber.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moscow vacation tool .

Perth, Australia to Moscow is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Moscow is minus 5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Perth in November, with highs in Moscow at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Ski Stadium Zorkiy
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then make a trip to Neva Embankments, then see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip planner .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Krakow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Palace Square
Palace Square

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nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, then hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally browse the exhibits of Wieliczka Salt Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, and then see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow itinerary website .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Krakow in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from St. Petersburg in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Krakow: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at City Park Városliget and Roman Beach. Matthias Church and Dohány Street Synagogue will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Outdoors Spas
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through Upper Town (Gornji Grad), see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mirogoj Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zagreb trip builder app .

You can drive from Budapest to Zagreb in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December in Zagreb, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Zagreb

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka) ©

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien and Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Belvedere Palace and Historic Center of Vienna will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, head outdoors with Donauinsel, explore the world behind art at Albertina, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vienna trip planning website .

You can fly from Zagreb to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Get some historical perspective at Prague Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle. Appreciate the collections at Jewish Museum in Prague and Czech Repubrick. There's still lots to do: make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, head outdoors with Prague for Two, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia.

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

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, then take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Topographie des Terrors, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, and then steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

You can drive from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror

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nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nymphenburg Palace, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, and then take a stroll through Haidhausen.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then stroll through 5-Seenweg, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at English Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Burgkirche Raron, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Munich to Zermatt takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Spas, Kleine Scheidegg, Burgkirche Raron
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

1
night
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Plexus Art Gallery.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Montreux trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Montreux takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Plexus Art Gallery ©
Plexus Art Gallery

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nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, explore the activities along Seine River, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris tour planner .

You can take a train from Montreux to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hallgrimskirkja and Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition. Get in touch with nature at Gullfoss Falls and Thingvellir National Park. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Galgaklettur (in Thingvellir) and Strokkur (in Geysir). Spend the 31st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland, browse the exhibits of Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar), examine the collection at Aurora Reykjavik, and view the masterpieces at Kogga - Ceramic Studio - Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Reykjavik tour planner .

You can fly from Paris to Reykjavik in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Reykjavik is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Thingvellir, Strokkur, Thermal Spas, Gullfoss Falls
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas

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