18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Neustift im Stubaital, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the galleries of Louvre Museum and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Venice attractions planner.

Getting from Paris to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Venice hover around 77°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

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 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then steep yourself in history at Colosseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally steep yourself in history at Forum of Augustus.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florence sightseeing app.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Florence sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain interesting insight with Hinterdorfstrasse, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then see the winter wonderland with Sunnegga.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt online day trip planner.

You can drive from Florence to Zermatt in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Neustift im Stubaital.
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Neustift im Stubaital, Austria — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Swarovski Kristallwelten, take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Bergisel Ski Jump, explore the world behind art at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, then meet the residents at Alpenzoo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm).

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Neustift im Stubaital trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Neustift im Stubaital takes 7 hours. September in Neustift im Stubaital sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Untersberg, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip website.

Getting from Neustift im Stubaital to Salzburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Neustift im Stubaital in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Salzburg: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vienna.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace and then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, examine the collection at Hofburg, then admire the landmark architecture of Maria Am Gestade, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vienna day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.
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