16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary site.

Folkestone, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Folkestone to Paris is 1 hour. When traveling from Folkestone in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

1
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the striking features of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) and then explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City travel route builder site.

Getting from Paris to Luxembourg City by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

3
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visiting Rhine Falls and Uetliberg Mountain will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Hofkirche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern & Chapel Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Zurich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

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Varenna, Italy

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Tranquilla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally view the masterpieces at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Varenna trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Varenna in 4.5 hours. In July, Varenna is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

2
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Florence, Italy

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 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce and then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence planning tool.

Take a train from Varenna to Florence in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Portofino.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

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Portofino, Italy

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria d'Arte Portofino, then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, and finally admire the striking features of Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Del Parco.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Portofino trip tool.

You can drive from Florence to Portofino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Florence in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Portofino, with lows around 25°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bern.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

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Bern, Switzerland

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Keep things going the next day: get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bern trip planner.

You can drive from Portofino to Bern in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Portofino in August, with highs in Bern at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

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Paris, France

City of Light

On the 7th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online route maker.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Bern to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

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."