18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Pune, India
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Zagreb, Croatia
— 2 nights
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Pune, India

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, make a trip to Pantheon, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, then admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planner .

Pune, India to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Pune to Rome due to the time zone difference. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then don't miss a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Venice, Italy

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 20th (Tue), make a trip to St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, don't miss a visit to St Mark's Campanile, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Photography Tours
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 22nd (Thu), fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, then head outdoors with Monta Rosa Hutte, and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel route tool .

Traveling by train from Venice to Zermatt takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Winter Sports Classes
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Gorner Gorge ©
Gorner Gorge

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, explore the world behind art at Rietberg Museum, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, browse the collection at Bibliothek Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut, then get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, and finally cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Mt Pilatus
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, then make a trip to Place de la Concorde, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Le Marais, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zagreb.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, partake in some friendly competition at Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb, explore the world behind art at Croatian Museum of Naive Art, then see the interesting displays at Zagreb 80's Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Recreational Sports Center Jarun. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagreb trip maker tool .

Fly from Paris to Zagreb in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Zagreb

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb ©
Escape Room Enigmarium Zagreb
Recreational Sports Center Jarun ©
Recreational Sports Center Jarun
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik, then steep yourself in history at Rector's Palace, and finally head off the coast to Island of Lokrum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dubrovnik tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Zagreb to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb in August, Dubrovnik is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Speed Boats Tours
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

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