27 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bellagio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights

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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eger Castle. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank, admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then make a trip to 3d Gallery Budapest, and finally steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Eger Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then steep yourself in history at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, and finally go for a walk through Millenium Monument Budapest.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Budapest tour itinerary maker tool.

In May, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 1 night

City of Dreams

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 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Hofburg, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, then see the interesting displays at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Prague.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 15th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Vrtba Garden, and finally wander the streets of Lesser Town. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Staromestske namesti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then walk around Kampa Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wallenstein garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Prague travel route app.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Prague takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Berlin.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Fun & Games
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Charlottenburg Palace, Bebelplatz and Explore Berlin Tours. On the 17th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, then take in the local highlights with Explore Berlin Tours, and then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz, then appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Prague to Berlin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Haarlem (Grote Markt & Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris route planner.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) 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 25th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Zermatt takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Bellagio.
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Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Bellagio, Italy — 2 nights

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the galleries of Villa Carlotta, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo, and finally do a tasting at Enoteca Principessa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Quelli Della Pelle, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, and finally stroll around La Punta Spartivento.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bellagio trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Bellagio takes 4 hours. In May in Bellagio, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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 30th (Tue), don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, wander the streets of Cannaregio, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bellagio to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ratto della Sabina, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then pause for some photo ops at Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence travel website.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome journey tool.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ravello.
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Ravello, Italy — 2 nights

Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 6th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, take in the exciting artwork at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, hike along Ravello - Atrani Walk, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then make a trip to Villa Rufolo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, then take a memorable drive along Amalfi Coast, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ravello vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ravello takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Ravello, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Swiss Alps travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Observation Decks · Mountains
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.
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Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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