34 days in Europe Itinerary

34 days in Europe Itinerary

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34 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Innsbruck, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
train:  7​h 30​min
13
Bergen, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
14
Tromso, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
15
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
16
Venice, Italy
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Durban, South Africa

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice travel itinerary planner.

Durban, South Africa to Venice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Durban in December, expect Venice to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites
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Centro Storico di Venezia ©
Centro Storico di Venezia

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, admire the local landmark of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, then contemplate the long history of Colosseum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome holiday planning website .

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rome, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the activities along Laguna Veneta and then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Venice road trip planning website .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Laguna Veneta ©
Laguna Veneta

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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Explore hidden gems such as Altstadt von Innsbruck and Alpes. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck, don't miss a visit to Stift Wilten, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Alpenzoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Dom zu St. Jakob.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Innsbruck tour planning app .

You can drive from Venice to Innsbruck in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in December: high temperatures in Innsbruck hover around 6°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck ©
Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck
Altstadt von Innsbruck ©
Altstadt von Innsbruck
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally stroll through Mirabell Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Getreidegasse and then fly down the slopes at Ski Resort Alpendorf.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner .

Traveling by train from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Salzburg sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Ski Resort Alpendorf
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Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt ©
Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): go for a walk through Old Town and then take in panoramic vistas at Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick".

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt day trip planning tool .

Drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rathausplatz and Melk Abbey. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, browse the collection at State Hall of the Austrian National Library, get engrossed in the history at Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, and admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vienna vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Hallstatt to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Rathausplatz ©
Rathausplatz
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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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 30th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Prague online trip maker .

Getting from Vienna to Prague by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Prague, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Explore hidden gems such as Saint Isaac's Cathedral and WindTunnel FlyStation. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, steep yourself in history at Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, and make a trip to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg travel website .

You can fly from Prague to St. Petersburg in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in December, expect St. Petersburg to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
On the 4th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill and then get engrossed in the history at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In January in Tallinn, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stockholm City Hall and Fjallgatan. Step out of Stockholm with an excursion to Uppsala Domkyrka in Uppsala--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, see the interesting displays at Skansen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Skogskyrkogarden, and pause for some serene contemplation at Riddarholmen Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Stockholm road trip app .

Getting from Tallinn to Stockholm by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Stockholm. January in Stockholm sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Uppsala Domkyrka
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

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Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Sognsvann Lake and then hit the slopes at Tryvann Ski Resort. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), then get to know the fascinating history of Oslomarka, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, and finally see the interesting displays at 22 July Centre.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oslo journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in January: highs in Oslo hover around 6°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Bergen, Norway

Bergen ©
A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Floyen and the Funicular (Floibanen) and Bergenhus Festningsmuesum. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring at Hardangerfjord. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen, examine the collection at Theta Museum, go for a walk through Stoltzekleiven, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bergen road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Bergen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oslo in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bergen, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums Parks Nature
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Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum ©
Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum
Bryggen ©
Bryggen

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Tromso, Norway

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tromso Bridge. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet, admire the striking features of The Arctic Cathedral, and look for gifts at Tromso Arctic Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tromso day trip planning site .

You can fly from Bergen to Tromso in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bergen in January, with highs in Tromso at -1°C and lows at -7°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.

Things to do in Tromso

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral

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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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Milan online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Tromso to Milan takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tromso in January, things will get a bit warmer in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Outdoors
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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then get lost in a book at libreria Acqua alta, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice attractions site .

Getting from Milan to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites
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St Mark's Campanile ©
St Mark's Campanile
libreria Acqua alta ©
libreria Acqua alta
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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