30 days in Europe Itinerary

30 days in Europe Itinerary

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30 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
7
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
9
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
10
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Oslo, Norway
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
14
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Paris, France

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 15th (Thu), take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and finally stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Zunfthaus zur Meisen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Paris, France to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 17th (Sat), wander the streets of Haidhausen, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then explore the activities along English Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munich online route planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
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.
On the 19th (Mon), head outdoors with Donauinsel, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, then hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, then contemplate the long history of Chapel of St. Virgil, and finally make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Vienna sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Munich to Vienna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vienna when traveling from Munich in August, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Head to Andrassy Avenue and Central Market Hallfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matthias Church and Halaszbastya. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), test the waters at a local thermal spa, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Budapest online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Budapest are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, then shop like a local with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Krakow trip planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, things will get a bit cooler in Krakow: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
On the 26th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, get engrossed in the history at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, get into the urban bustle at Rynek Starego Miasta, then look for gifts at Polart, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden, walk around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then admire the masterpieces at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Nowy Swiat.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego ©
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©

2
nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the galleries of Trakai Island Castle Museum and then wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, and finally examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus).

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vilnius trip planner .

Getting from Warsaw to Vilnius by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Vilnius due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

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nights
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, examine the collection at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then look for gifts at Dzenis Amber, then take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of House of the Black Heads and then wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Riga journey site .

You can fly from Vilnius to Riga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Riga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs

2
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Stroomi Beach, then stop by Town Hall Pharmacy, and then identify plant and animal life at Paljassaare Special Conservation Area.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tallinn trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Stroomi Beach ©
Stroomi Beach
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): stroll around Nuuksio National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary site .

Traveling by ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 5th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, then see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum, and then examine the collection at Skansen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, stroll through Stockholm Old Town, then kick back and relax at Langholmen, and finally see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Stockholm road trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Stockholm by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Nature Parks
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, shop like a local with Albin Upp Gallery & Art Cafe, then make a trip to Karl Johans gate, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Norsk Folkemuseum and then explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oslo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Oslo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Kon-Tiki Museum ©
Kon-Tiki Museum

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nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Stevns Klint, look for gifts at Illums Bolighus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Saviour's Church, then take a leisurely stroll along Nyhavn, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle and then examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip builder website .

Getting from Oslo to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in September, Copenhagen is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stevns Klint
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Zandvoort aan Zee, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and then take a stroll through The Jordaan.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Amsterdam vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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