18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Como, Italy
— 3 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Bad Gastein, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive to Salzburg Airport, Fly to Sioux Gateway Airport / Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Drive to Sioux Falls


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, meet the residents at ARTIS, stroll around Vondelpark, and admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online trip itinerary builder.

Sioux Falls, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Sioux Falls to Amsterdam. When traveling from Sioux Falls in August, plan for slightly colder days in Amsterdam, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can fly to Venice.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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 16th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Venice by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Venice reach 85°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Como.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Como, Italy — 3 nights

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Como: Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio), La Citta Alta (in Bergamo) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and stop by Tea World.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Como trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Como takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Como sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Zermatt.
Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trips
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Randa to see Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Como to Zermatt takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bad Gastein.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Bad Gastein, Austria — 4 nights

Bad Gastein is a spa town in the district of St. Explore Bad Gastein's surroundings by going to Werfen (Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, Eisriesenwelt, &more), Kitzsteinhorn (in Kaprun) and Grossglockner High Alpine Road (in Heiligenblut). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kaiserin-Elisabeth-Promenade Radweg, and snap pictures at Stubnerkogel Suspension Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bad Gastein road trip site.

Getting from Zermatt to Bad Gastein by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Bad Gastein are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sun).
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trips
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Lake Como travel guide

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."