35 days in Europe Itinerary

35 days in Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Europe Itinerary

Queenstown, New Zealand
+3
Fly + train + foot + ferry:  32​h
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + bus:  3​h 15​min
Saas-Fee, Switzerland
— 10 nights
Fly:  36​h
Queenstown, New Zealand

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Town Hall Pharmacy, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, then contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, see the interesting displays at Niguliste Museum, then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, then wander the streets of Rotermann Quarter, and finally take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa.

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Queenstown, New Zealand to Tallinn is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Queenstown to Tallinn, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Tallinn are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral ©
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

2
days
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, stroll through Korkeasaari Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with King's Road and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit website .

You can ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

King's Road
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Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

2
days
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Moscow Zoo, then explore the world behind art at The State Tretyakov Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad). On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, contemplate the waterfront views at Kelarskiy Prud, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent).

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Fly from Helsinki to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect nights in Moscow to be about the same, around -5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Moscow

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Sergiyev Posad
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Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
The State Tretyakov Gallery ©
The State Tretyakov Gallery
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

2
days
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny). On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Gorka Szczesliwicka, brush up on your military savvy at Warsaw Uprising Museum, and then contemplate the long history of The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Moscow to Warsaw takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Moscow in December, things will get a bit warmer in Warsaw: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Prague.

Things to do in Warsaw

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Warszawskie Zoo ©
Warszawskie Zoo
The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum ©
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Warsaw Uprising Museum

2
days
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 31st (Mon): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, and then meet the residents at Prague Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Prague for Two, then admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Square.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Prague online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Warsaw to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

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Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stroll through Zoo Berlin, appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule), and then examine the collection at Pergamon Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Prague to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Pergamon Museum ©
Pergamon Museum
Zoo Berlin ©
Zoo Berlin
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen ©

2
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then choose your vessel at Flying Dutch Boats, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
days
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and then steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Planckendael, Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)
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Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin) ©
Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
days
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the activities along Seine River, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and finally admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online tour planner .

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Zurich.

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
days
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, and then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt). Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and then get great views at The Nine Towers.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zurich day trip site .

Take a train from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saas-Fee.

Things to do in Zurich

#Nature, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)

10
days
Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Saas-Fee ©
Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, or the Saas Valley, and is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Matterhorn and Gornergrat. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chillon and Stockalper Palace. Explore Saas-Fee's surroundings by going to Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux), HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres) and Sion (Church-Fortress of Valere & Chateau de Tourbillon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saas Fee Ski Resort, and look for gifts at Ski Service.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Saas-Fee trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Zurich to Saas-Fee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saas-Fee

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Zermatt, Jungfrau Region, Sion, Lauterbrunnen, Ski Service
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

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