20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Lausanne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
8
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
9
Genoa, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
12
Vietri sul Mare, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
13
Rimini, Italy
— 1 night
14
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
16
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
17
Nuremberg, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
18
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Charlotte, United States

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Romer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and then admire the local landmark of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Frankfurt sightseeing planner .

Charlotte, USA to Frankfurt is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Frankfurt, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Charlotte in August, with highs in Frankfurt at 77°F and lows at 58°F. On the 15th (Thu), you're off toBruges.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites
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Romer ©
Romer
Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen ©
Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, then take a leisurely stroll along Rozenhoedkaai, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Bruges takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Frankfurt in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. You will leave for Southend-on-Sea on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Bruges

Breweries & Distilleries
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges
Belfry of Bruges

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Southend-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea, commonly referred to as simply Southend, is a town and wider unitary authority area with borough status in southeastern Essex, England. To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Southend-on-Sea travel planner .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Southend-on-Sea takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bruges to Southend-on-Sea due to the time zone difference. In August in Southend-on-Sea, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will leave for Zurich on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Lake Zurich has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zurich travel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Southend-on-Sea to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Southend-on-Sea to Zurich is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Lucerne trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bern journey builder site .

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites
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The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Lausanne trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Bern to Lausanne by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites
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Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Lake Geneva has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip planner .

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

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Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Boccadasse has been added to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Genoa road trip planning site .

You can drive from Geneva to Genoa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in August since evenings lows in Genoa dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Neighborhoods
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Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monumento a San Francesco d'Assisi and then don't miss a visit to Borgo Antico.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in August, Cinque Terre is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
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Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. You'll set off for Vietri sul Mare on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Florence

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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nights
Vietri sul Mare, Italy

Vietri sul Mare ©
Vietri sul Mare is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of southern Italy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Change things up with these side-trips from Vietri sul Mare: Valle delle Ferriere (in Amalfi) and Ravello (Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, & more). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Le Vigne di Raito, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario dell'Avvocatella, and steep yourself in history at Pompeii Archaeological Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Vietri sul Mare online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Florence to Vietri sul Mare takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Vietri sul Mare when traveling from Florence in August, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Rimini.

Things to do in Vietri sul Mare

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), Santuario dell'Avvocatella
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Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito
Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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Rimini, Italy

Rimini ©
A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
On the 28th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo San Giuliano and then stroll through Beach Egisto 38.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rimini planning site .

You can drive from Vietri sul Mare to Rimini in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Vietri sul Mare in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rimini, with lows of 68°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Innsbruck.

Things to do in Rimini

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ospedale delle Tartarughe
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Borgo San Giuliano ©
Borgo San Giuliano

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Innsbruck attractions website .

You can drive from Rimini to Innsbruck in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rimini in August, expect Innsbruck to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites
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Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck

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Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau ©
Hohenschwangau is a former village and now an urban district of the municipality of Schwangau, Ostallgäu district, Bavaria, Germany.It is located between Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau and is visited by about 2 million people annually, where they start tours to the former royal palaces. Neuschwanstein Castle has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Neuschwanstein Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hohenschwangau holiday builder website .

Drive from Innsbruck to Hohenschwangau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Innsbruck in August, plan for little chillier days in Hohenschwangau, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Historic Sites
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Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle

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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.
To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munich road trip planner.

Getting from Hohenschwangau to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Munich sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Nature
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English Garden ©
English Garden

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nuremberg online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums
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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nuremberg to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Frankfurt

Nightlife Historic Sites Outdoors
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