30 days in Europe & Caribbean Itinerary

30 days in Europe & Caribbean Itinerary

Make it your trip
Bus to Chicago O'Hare, Fly to Paris
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Train
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tremezzina, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nassau, Bahamas
— 6 nights
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Paris, France — 6 nights

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris attractions planner.

Madison, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Madison to Paris. Traveling from Madison in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Lucerne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 14 — 20:

Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paris to Lucerne by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Interlaken.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 23rd (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Brienz and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at The Mad Cow.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tremezzina.
Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Tremezzina, Italy — 2 nights

The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the galleries of Villa Carlotta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia di S. Abbondio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the activities along Lago di Como.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tremezzina online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Tremezzina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in May: high temperatures in Tremezzina hover around 71°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 27th (Fri), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, then stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre route planner.

You can drive from Tremezzina to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Florence.
Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano) and Piazza Anfiteatro (in Lucca). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Rome, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Nassau.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 5:

Nassau, Bahamas — 6 nights

On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
Nassau is known for theme parks, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marine Habitat at Atlantis, sample some tasty brews at Islandz Tours, head off the coast to Blue Lagoon Island, and laugh and play at Aquaventure.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nassau route builder tool.

Getting from Rome to Nassau by flight takes about 16 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Nassau is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Rome in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nassau, with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 11:

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Bahamas travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Water & Amusement Parks
Part of an archipelago encompassing hundreds of islets and cays, Bahamas boast many pink beaches, which get their vibrant color from fractured seashells mixed with ordinary sand. For most pleasure seekers an ideal holiday in Bahamas consists of various sea activities, occasionally interrupted by tours of several cities, offering an eclectic music scene dominated by calypso, soca, and junkanoo genres. Romantic enough to attract newlyweds from around the globe, the islands are also a major center of eco-tourism, with visits to national parks and diving tours in colorful reefs among the most popular things to do in Bahamas.