39 days in Western Europe Itinerary

39 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Reims, France
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

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, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, browse the exhibits of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Vienna is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Christchurch to Vienna, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Vienna, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Salzburg.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Salzburg, Austria — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salzburg: Swarovski Kristallwelten (in Wattens), Eisriesenwelt (in Werfen) and Innsbruck (Town Tower (Stadtturm) & The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Salzburg trip builder.

Drive from Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Munich, Germany — 3 nights

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: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, admire the striking features of Asamkirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Munich trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Nice, France — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Picasso (in Antibes), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planning app.

You can fly from Munich to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in May, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Milan online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nice to Milan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Varenna.
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Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Varenna, Italy — 3 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta), Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo & I Giardini di Villa Melzi) and Parrocchia di S. Abbondio (in Mezzegra). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, explore the activities along Lago di Como, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Varenna trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Milan to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 19th (Fri), you're off to St. Moritz.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

St. Moritz, Switzerland — 1 night

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Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Engadine, then examine the collection at Museum Mili Weber Haus, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of Staz (Lej da Staz).

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Varenna to St. Moritz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Varenna in May, expect St. Moritz to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 21st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then hike along 5 Lakes Walk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Zermatt takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a tram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Rigi.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lucerne day trip planner.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Lucerne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Reims.
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Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Wildlife
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Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Reims, France — 4 nights

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reims: Moet et Chandon (in Epernay) and Amiens (Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens & Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens). Dedicate the 28th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Nomad Wine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi, and contemplate the long history of Palais du Tau.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Reims attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Lucerne to Reims takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Reims, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Old Church (in Delft), The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, walk around Vondelpark, and visit The Jordaan.

Before you visit Amsterdam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Reims to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:

Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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