26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

26 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Hyeres, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antibes, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Paris trip maker app.

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud.

Before you visit Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hyeres.
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Historic Sites
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Hyeres, France — 2 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe and then make a splash at Aquavillage Parc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hyeres trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Hyeres takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hyeres, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 3 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Explore Antibes' surroundings by going to Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), and wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antibes trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Antibes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyeres in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Antibes, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chamonix.
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Chamonix, France — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 17th (Wed), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and then take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons. On your second day here, meet the residents at Parc de Merlet, then explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de la Diosaz, and then stroll through Domaine des Planards.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix route app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antibes to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, hike along The Eiger, and admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald day trip website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munich.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich day trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Munich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, shop like a local with Getreidegasse, take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salzburg tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 4 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

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.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vienna to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
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.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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