17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  4​h
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  15​min
7
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
10
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
12
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
13
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Barcelona trip app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central European Time (CET) is 4 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, things will get cooler in Barcelona: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rome online tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Venice road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Venice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Venice, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Milan vacation builder .

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March in Milan, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zermatt day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Milan to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Brienz, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then stroll around Hohematte Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Interlaken visit planner .

Getting from Zermatt to Interlaken by train takes about 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Interlaken are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

1
night
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen road trip site .

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Markuskirche ©
Markuskirche

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Zurich are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 26th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Krakow trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in March, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
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Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

1
night
Oswiecim, Poland

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum and Synagogue and then get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Oswiecim trip planning website .

You can drive from Krakow to Oswiecim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums Historic Sites
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam travel route planner .

Getting from Oswiecim to Amsterdam by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. March in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Atomium, then admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brussels road trip website .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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