33 days in Europe Itinerary

33 days in Europe Itinerary

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33 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
5
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Esplanade du Trocadero and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Institut du Monde Arabe, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, wander the streets of Montparnasse, and get in on the family fun at Mystery Escape.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip site .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Paris. In December, Paris is cooler than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
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Musee des Arts et Metiers ©
Musee des Arts et Metiers
Esplanade du Trocadero ©
Esplanade du Trocadero
Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups ©
Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups

5
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to DreamAway Lyon and Cour des Voraces. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Montee De La Grande Cote, partake in some friendly competition at Quiveutpister Lyon, admire the striking features of Grand Hotel Dieu, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lyon day trip website .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon ©
Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon
Cour des Voraces ©
Cour des Voraces
Montee De La Grande Cote ©
Montee De La Grande Cote

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient and Banc de la Treille. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Barbier-Mueller Museum (Musee Barbier-Mueller), stop by Favarger Chocolate Factory, explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and admire the architecture and history at Kawa Game.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Geneva online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in December, plan for little chillier days in Geneva, with highs around 6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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MB&F M.A.D.Gallery ©
MB&F M.A.D.Gallery
Banc de la Treille ©
Banc de la Treille

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich: Toni-Areal and Sechselautenplatz. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, don't miss a visit to Six Swiss Exchange - Borse, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, and walk around Parkanlage Zuerihorn.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip maker .

Fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Tours
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Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Wasserkirche ©
Wasserkirche

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Minorite Monastery, see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu, admire the landmark architecture of Vlassky Dvur, then examine the collection at Muzeum obchodu Cesky Krumlov, then examine the collection at 3D Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jost Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Cesky Krumlov takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
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St. Jost Church ©
St. Jost Church
Minorite Monastery ©
Minorite Monastery
Muzeum obchodu Cesky Krumlov ©
Muzeum obchodu Cesky Krumlov

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park, then see the interesting displays at Czech Repubrick, and then walk around Vyšehradské sady. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, and then examine the collection at Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Prague trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Czech Repubrick ©
Czech Repubrick
Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague ©
Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague
Vyšehradské sady ©
Vyšehradské sady

1
night
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hangman's Bridge, don't miss a visit to Weinstadel, steep yourself in history at Spittlertor, then admire the landmark architecture of Nassauer Haus, and finally admire the local landmark of Tugendbrunnen. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Elisabethkirche and then don't miss a visit to Gansemannchenbrunnen.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg travel route builder website .

Drive from Prague to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites
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Elisabethkirche ©
Elisabethkirche
Tugendbrunnen ©
Tugendbrunnen
Gansemannchenbrunnen ©
Gansemannchenbrunnen

3
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 4th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Roemer Kaisersaal. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Happy Landings Flightsimulations, then see the interesting displays at Geldmuseum, then step into the grandiose world of Holzhausenschlosschen, and finally make a trip to Messeturm.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt travel planner.

You can take a train from Nuremberg to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
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Holzhausenschlosschen ©
Holzhausenschlosschen
Rathaus Seckbach ©
Rathaus Seckbach
Geldmuseum ©
Geldmuseum

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Bourse de Bruxelles and Église Saint Nicolas. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rue des Bouchers, make a trip to Zinneke Pis, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Gilles.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels journey builder .

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Brussels takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Place St. Gery ©
Place St. Gery
La Bourse de Bruxelles ©
La Bourse de Bruxelles
Eglise Saint Gilles ©
Eglise Saint Gilles

6
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Mondial Museum and National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) (in Utrecht), Leeuwarden (Fries Museum & Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden) and Room Escape Games (in Zwolle). Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Eise Eisinga Planetarium, see the interesting displays at Drents Museum, ponder the world of politics at Franeker City Hall, and take in panoramic vistas at Oudekerkstoren.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam attractions planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Leeuwarden, Franeker, Mondial Museum, Zuiderzeemuseum, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
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Mondial Museum ©
Mondial Museum
Eise Eisinga Planetarium ©
Eise Eisinga Planetarium

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