37 days in Europe Itinerary

37 days in Europe Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
Train
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varenna, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Siena, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to Athens
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fira, Greece
— 7 nights
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Paris, France — 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Interlaken.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 22:

Interlaken, Switzerland — 4 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Visit Old Town and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) for their historical value. Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rosengart Collection will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern (in Bern) and Bahnhofstrasse (in Zurich). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, and admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Interlaken in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Varenna.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Varenna, Italy — 4 nights

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Forte Montecchio Nord and S. Giovanni Battista. You'll explore and learn at Villa Carlotta and Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Riva Bianca Beach (in Lierna), Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde (in Morbegno) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Tranquilla, and admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Varenna itinerary maker website.

Getting from Interlaken to Varenna by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Interlaken in August; daily highs in Varenna reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Siena.
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Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:

Siena, Italy — 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Head to La Bottega Dei Sapori (S.N.C.) and Comune Di Certaldofor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo della Porziuncola and Balducci Ceramica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Siena: Assisi (Eremo delle Carceri & Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola), San Gimignano (Guardastelle Vineyard, Studio d'Arte Santagostino, &more) and Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, and make a trip to Piazza del Campo.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Siena route tool.

You can fly from Varenna to Siena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Varenna in August, expect nights in Siena to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Positano.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

Positano, Italy — 5 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Duomo di Ravello will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo della Carta and MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano Positano. Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela), Amalfi (Cloister del Paradiso & Duomo di Sant'Andrea) and Sorrento (Corso Italia, Villa di Pollio Felice - Bagni della Regina Giovanna, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo, take in the exciting artwork at Miniaci Art Gallery, stop by Artigianato Rallo, and stroll through Arienzo Beach Club, Positano.

Make your Positano itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Siena to Positano by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Siena in September since evenings lows in Positano dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Athens, Greece — 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Acropolis of Athens and Plaka. For shopping fun, head to Ermou Street or Orlik Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Pandora Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Ioannidou Art Gallery, and stop by Sandal Mania.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Athens route planner.

Getting from Positano to Athens by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Positano to Athens. In September, daily temperatures in Athens can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Fira.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Fira, Greece — 7 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Let the collections at MATI Art Gallery and Naval Maritime Museum Oia Santorini capture your imagination. Head to Aquamarine Jewelry and Gabbiano Nerofor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, contemplate the long history of Ancient Thera, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Sunset in Oia.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fira road trip tool.

Fly from Athens to Fira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 19:

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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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.
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