47 days in Europe Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Syracuse, Italy
— 9 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Zurich and Limmat. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Giessbachfälle (in Giessbach) and Meiringen (Aare Gorge & Reichenbach Waterfall). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, stop by Maurice de Mauriac, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the activities along Seebad Enge.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich holiday maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Zurich at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 4 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Port of Hamburg and Hamburg Town Hall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, examine the collection at Dialog in the Dark, and stop by HafenCity.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hamburg tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Hamburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamburg: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, examine the collection at Micropia, and don't miss a visit to Rembrandtplein.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam route maker.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sonian Forest and Guild Houses. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Grand Place, admire the masterpieces at Van Buuren Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Petit Sablon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brussels online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Up at The O2 and Tower Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Regent's Park, wander the streets of Westminster, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, and gain interesting insight with BrakeAway Bike Tours.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the London visit planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to London due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in London can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jardin des Tuileries and Place des Vosges. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, stroll around Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online road trip planner.

Take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vila Vella (Old Town) and Placa d'Espanya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Barcelona: Fenals Beach (in Lloret de Mar) and Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, walk around Ciutadella Park, visit Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), and don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Barcelona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Como.
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Como, Italy — 3 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Campanile di San Nicolo and Centro Storico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Como: Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo & Kayaking & Canoeing), Isola Madre (in Lake Maggiore) and Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso (in Leggiuno). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of Villa Olmo.

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You can fly from Barcelona to Como in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Como when traveling from Barcelona in July, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then wander the streets of Cannaregio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice travel planner.

You can drive from Como to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Pieta and Piazza Venezia. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Rome holiday maker website.

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Syracuse.
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Syracuse, Italy — 9 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ortigia and Ragusa Ibla. Get out of town with these interesting Syracuse side-trips: Noto (Monumento ai Caduti della I Guerra Mondiale, Centro Storico, &more), Spiaggia di Punta Cirica (in Ispica) and Tonnara di Marzamemi (in Marzamemi). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siracusa, enjoy the sand and surf at Sampieri, examine the collection at Museo del Costume, and stroll through Scialai Comfort Beach Cafe.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Syracuse day trip website.

You can fly from Rome to Syracuse in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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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."
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Sicily travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.
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