43 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

43 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 2 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
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Ettal, Germany
— 1 night
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
— 1 night
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

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've added Spanish Riding School, Wiener Riesenrad, Hundertwasserhaus, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Albertina and Rathausplatz. Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and Ringstrasse are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hofburg.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vienna attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Vienna, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Vienna: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Hallstatt.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Hallstatt, Austria — 2 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
On the 16th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum Hallstatt, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of the Assumption, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hallstatt Lutheran Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Dachstein West, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche Traunkirchen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannesbergkapelle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St, Nikolaus, and finally stop by Alte Handwerkerei.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hallstatt trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vienna to Hallstatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
You've now added Fiaker Salzburg - Familie Winter to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Hohensalzburg, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally settle in for a delightful tour with Fiaker Salzburg - Familie Winter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, then steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Blasius Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg road trip planner.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 1 night

Village of a Million People

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.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Lenbachhaus, admire the masterpieces at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, then examine the collection at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip builder website.

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Ettal.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Ettal, Germany — 1 night

Ettal is a German municipality in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria.GeographyEttal is situated in the Oberland area in the Graswangtal between the Loisachtal and Ammertal, approx. On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Schlossmuseum Murnau, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria-Hilf-Kirche, then see the interesting displays at Munter-Haus, and finally see the interesting displays at Schokoladenmanufaktur Barbara Kronner.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ettal itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Ettal takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Ettal sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany — 1 night

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Puppen- und Spielzeugmuseum, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum, then wander the streets of Altstadt, then contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ettal to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Stuttgart.
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Stuttgart, Germany — 1 night

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Linden-Museum - Staatliches Museum fuer Voelkerkunde, get a new perspective on nature at Schloss Rosenstein - staatl. Naturkundemuseum, then admire the landmark architecture of Mercedes-Benz Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Esslinger Stadtkirche St. Dionys.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Stuttgart using our trip planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Stuttgart in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Stuttgart can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Lindt Home of Chocolate. Appreciate the collections at Museum Rietberg and Swiss Science Center Technorama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln) and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden (in Rapperswil). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Zoological Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Pfarrei St. Peter und Paul, and stop by Niederdorf.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 27th (Wed), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and then see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rosengart Collection, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Luzern, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne visit planning website.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, examine the collection at Musee Ariana, then examine the collection at Musee Barbier-Mueller, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, explore the historical opulence of Palais De Rumine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Geneva online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fresque Ces femmes et ces hommes qui ont fait l'histoire de Dole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame, then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Art Sacre, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Michel de Dijon, admire the striking features of Hotel de Vogue, then trek along Owl's Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Mulot & Petitjean.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dijon online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Lyon to Dijon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in January, you will find days in Dijon are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then see the interesting displays at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and finally admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, then see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Dijon to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naval Museum and Cava Baja Gallery. Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Cerralbo will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, stroll around Parque del Retiro, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Madrid road trip website.

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nyhavn and Trinitatis Kirke. Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of Denmark and Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Tivoli Gardens, stroll around Jaegerborg Dyrehave, don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid, and step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen travel website.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Copenhagen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Madrid in January, with highs in Copenhagen at 3°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 7 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get some cultural insight at Wallace Collection and The Courtauld Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of London and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: Oxford (Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, &more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, make a trip to Buckingham Palace, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and learn about all things military at Imperial War Museum London.

Planning London trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Copenhagen to London by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copenhagen to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in January, expect nights in London to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States — 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park).

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from London to Los Angeles takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from London to Los Angeles, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, you will find days in Los Angeles are much warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sun).
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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