34 days in Europe Itinerary

34 days in Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly + bus:  29​h
1
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 15​min
7
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Bishop's Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The Blackbird Gallery and Reginald's Tower will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, and stop by Nicholas Mosse Pottery.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Kilkenny is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Kilkenny to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Waterford, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Cahir Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Guinness Storehouse and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at National Gallery of Ireland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take a stroll through Temple Bar, and stroll around St Stephens Green.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum ©

3
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and National Museum of Iceland. Step out of the city life by going to Thingvellir National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio, and wander the streets of Laugavegur.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Reykjavik takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dublin in January; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Thingvellir National Park
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Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Vik, Iceland

Vik ©
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Get outdoors at Black Sand Beach and Dyrhólaey. Discover out-of-the-way places like Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall. Step out of Vik with an excursion to UNA Local Store in Hvolsvollur--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sólheimajökulll and enjoy the sand and surf at Reynisfjara Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vik online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Reykjavik to Vik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Vik, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Vik

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Skogafoss, UNA Local Product, Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall
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Sólheimajökulll ©
Sólheimajökulll
Black Sand Beach ©
Black Sand Beach
Skogafoss ©
Skogafoss

8
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Let the collections at Frederiksborg Castle and National Museum of Denmark capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nyhavn and Our Saviour's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Copenhagen: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek), The Danish Railway Museum (in Odense) and Roskilde (Viking Ship Museum & Roskilde Domkirke). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens, examine the collection at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Torvehallerne.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen online day trip planner .

Getting from Vik to Copenhagen by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roskilde, Mons Klint, Borre Kirke, Stevns Klint, Frederiksborg Castle
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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Frederiksborg Castle ©
Frederiksborg Castle

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get some cultural insight at Pergamonmuseum and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. Step off the beaten path and head to THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin and Die Hackeschen Hoefe. Change things up with a short trip to Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz in Lubben (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Mall of Berlin, take in the exciting artwork at Camera Work, take a stroll through Mitte, and explore the wide array of goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Berlin driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Berlin in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): go for a walk through Ludwigstrasse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sebastian Chapel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Partenkiirchner Bergbahen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mariae Heimsuchung Kirche. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm, then see the interesting displays at Munter-Haus, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter und Paul.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Berlin to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Peter und Paul, Munter-Haus
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Munter-Haus ©
Munter-Haus

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get some historical perspective at Nymphenburg Palace and Burgersaalkirche. Appreciate the collections at Munich Residenz and Galerie Hegemann. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, admire the striking features of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Munich, and see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Munchen.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Munich journey planner.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek

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