25 days in Europe Itinerary

25 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe Trip Planner

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Fly to Munich, Train to Salzburg
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly
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Montpellier, France
— 4 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Chillon and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Musee Ariana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Lavaux Vinorama (in Rivaz) and Vieille-Ville de Montreux (in Montreux). There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, and examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary maker website.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

— 2 nights

Capital of the Black Forest

In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
On the 21st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, contemplate the long history of Historisches Kaufhaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Narrengilde Geisterwölfe St. Peter e.V., then explore the world behind art at Augustiner Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Rotteln Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Burg Badenweiler, then don't miss a visit to Roemische Badruine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloßberg mit Ruine Flochberg.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Freiburg im Breisgau journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Freiburg im Breisgau takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Freiburg im Breisgau are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Chateau de Kaysersberg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Grand-Rue and Eglise Saint-Thomas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Vin d'Alsace HORCHER (in Mittelwihr), Vieille Ville de Turckheim (in Turckheim) and Eglise des Dominicains (in Colmar). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, take a stroll through La Petite France, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Haut-Barr.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Freiburg im Breisgau to Strasbourg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Haus der Natur, make a trip to Stiegl-Brauwelt, and then examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to DomQuartier Salzburg, explore the galleries of Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then view the masterpieces at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Strasbourg to Salzburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Salzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Salzburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 2 nights
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then visit Ljubljana Old Town, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana travel route app.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Ljubljana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buda Castle and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar). Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip maker tool.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. You will leave for Prague on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 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.
Staromestske namesti and Prague Castle will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lesser Town and Prague Astronomical Clock. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, examine the collection at Lobkowicz Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus of Prague.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Prague online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Montpellier.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Montpellier, France

— 4 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale St-Just and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Eglise St-Trophime. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon), Paroisse Saint Nazaire (in Beziers) and Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, learn about winemaking at Maison Noilly Prat, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Peyrelade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montpellier route planner.

You can fly from Prague to Montpellier in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Montpellier is a bit warmer than Prague - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

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