17 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

17 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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17 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + train:  32​h
1
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 day
train:  7​h
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
6
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
End: Sydney, Australia

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day
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Zermatt is an approximately 32-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Zermatt. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites
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Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, and step into the grandiose world of Luxembourg Palace.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris trip builder.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Paris takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Luxembourg Palace ©
Luxembourg Palace
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 19th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Townhall and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamburg itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Paris to Hamburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Hamburg, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Townhall ©
Townhall

3
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Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 20th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments and then take a stroll through Plaka District. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Erechtheion, and then explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Athens itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and subway from Hamburg to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamburg to Athens is 1 hour. Traveling from Hamburg in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Athens: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 23rd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, then delve into the distant past at Foro di Augusto, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery, then examine the collection at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally don't miss a visit to Pantheon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rome itinerary builder.

Do a combination of subway, flight, and train from Athens to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Kids will enjoy Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Bondi Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Rome to Sydney in 29 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 9 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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