12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Nice, France
— 1 night
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night


Rome, Italy — 1 night

Eternal City

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 19th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square, explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then admire the striking features of Villa Borghese, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Rome is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Rome is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in April, expect Rome to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Duomo di Pisa and Battistero di San Giovanni. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucca (Piazza Anfiteatro, Le mura di Lucca, &more), Siena (Torre del Mangia, Duomo di Siena, &more) and Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Camposanto, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato Centrale, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, and appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip site.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.
Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Let the collections at Palazzo dei Diamanti and Peggy Guggenheim Collection capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Centro Storico di Venezia and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Castello Estense (in Ferrara) and Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony & Scrovegni Chapel). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, stop by Cannaregio, wander the streets of Dorsoduro, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Venice road trip site.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Side Trips
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Nice, France — 1 night

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then wander the streets of Old Town, and then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online travel route planner.

Fly from Venice to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lucerne.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 28th (Fri), wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nice to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in April, expect Lucerne to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Dresden.
Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Dresden, Germany — 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes, then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden, and finally explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dresden trip planner.

Fly from Lucerne to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Dresden, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Berlin.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Berlin, Germany — 1 night

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and then take an in-depth tour of Deutsches Historisches Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.