20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Folkestone, United Kingdom
— Few hours
train:  30​min
5
Calais, France
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h
6
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Neuchatel, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Lugano, Switzerland
— Few hours
12
Genoa, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
15
Vietri sul Mare, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
16
Rimini, Italy
— 1 night
17
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
18
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
19
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
20
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
21
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Charlotte, United States

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt itinerary planner .

Charlotte, USA to Frankfurt is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: high temperatures in Frankfurt hover around 77°F and lows are around 58°F. You will leave for Bruges on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Frankfurt

Nightlife Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges itinerary app .

Drive from Frankfurt to Bruges in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Frankfurt in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. You'll set off for Southend-on-Sea on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Bruges

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

2
nights
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Southend-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea, commonly referred to as simply Southend, is a town and wider unitary authority area with borough status in southeastern Essex, England. To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Southend-on-Sea travel planner .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Southend-on-Sea takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bruges to Southend-on-Sea due to the time zone difference. In August in Southend-on-Sea, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will leave for Folkestone on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Southend-on-Sea

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

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hours
Folkestone, United Kingdom

Folkestone
Folkestone is a port town on the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England. To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Folkestone tour builder .

You can drive from Southend-on-Sea to Folkestone in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Folkestone are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. You will leave for Calais on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Folkestone

Nightlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

few
hours
Calais, France

Calais
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Calais fast, fun, and easy.

Calais is very close to Folkestone. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Folkestone to Calais due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You'll set off for Lausanne on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Calais

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

1
night
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lausanne trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Calais to Lausanne. You will leave for Neuchatel on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Lausanne

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

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hours
Neuchatel, Switzerland

Neuchatel
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Neuchatel driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Lausanne to Neuchatel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 19th (Mon), you're off toBern.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Outdoors Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bern trip planner .

Traveling by train from Neuchatel to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Bern, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will leave for Lucerne on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Parks Museums
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

few
hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Lucerne fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Bern to Lucerne by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will leave for Zurich on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

few
hours
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Lugano in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lugano, with lows around 63°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Genoa.

Things to do in Lugano

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

few
hours
Genoa, Italy

Genoa
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Genoa road trip planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Genoa, with lows of 71°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

1
night
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cinque Terre day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Genoa to Cinque Terre in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in August, Cinque Terre is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Plan my Florence trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. You'll set off for Vietri sul Mare on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Florence

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

3
nights
Vietri sul Mare, Italy

Vietri sul Mare
Vietri sul Mare is a town and comune in the province of Salerno, in the Campania region of southern Italy. For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vietri sul Mare driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Florence to Vietri sul Mare in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vietri sul Mare when traveling from Florence in August, with lows around 76°F. On the 28th (Wed), you're off toRimini.

Things to do in Vietri sul Mare

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

1
night
Rimini, Italy

Rimini
A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Rimini attractions planner.

You can drive from Vietri sul Mare to Rimini in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Vietri sul Mare in August, expect little chillier with lows of 68°F in Rimini. You will leave for Innsbruck on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Rimini

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Innsbruck attractions website .

You can drive from Rimini to Innsbruck in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rimini in August, expect Innsbruck to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 56°F. On the 30th (Fri), you're off toHohenschwangau.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

few
hours
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau
Hohenschwangau is a former village and now an urban district of the municipality of Schwangau, Ostallgäu district, Bavaria, Germany.It is located between Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau and is visited by about 2 million people annually, where they start tours to the former royal palaces. You can plan Hohenschwangau trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Hohenschwangau takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Innsbruck in August: highs in Hohenschwangau hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 52°F. You'll set off for Munich on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

1
night
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.
For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munich tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Munich, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Outdoors Nightlife Tours
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

1
day
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You'll set off for Frankfurt on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nuremberg to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Frankfurt

Nightlife Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

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