14 days in Europe Itinerary

14 days in Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  12​h 45​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
3
Chur, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona travel planner .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Barcelona is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In December, Barcelona is colder than Colombo - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and then have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Barcelona to Zermatt takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Chur.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

2
nights
Chur, Switzerland

Chur ©
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Arosa Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Lenzerheide Ski Resort and then wander the streets of Old Town Chur.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Chur takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Chur

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lenzerheide Ski Resort, Arosa Ski Resort
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Lenzerheide Ski Resort ©
Lenzerheide Ski Resort
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
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.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Venice online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Chur to Venice by car takes about 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Venice are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
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 12th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, and then explore the ancient world of Pantheon.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in December, you will find days in Rome are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, then get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens. On the next day, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then wander the streets of Plaka.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Athens attractions planning site .

Fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in December since evenings lows in Athens dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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