53 days in Salt Lake City & Europe Itinerary

53 days in Salt Lake City & Europe Itinerary

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Salt Lake City, United States
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pescara, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Train to Innsbruck Westbahnhof, Fly to Vienna
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly to Geneva, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City, United States — 3 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Salt Lake City is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City online vacation planner.

Kalispell to Salt Lake City is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kalispell in September, with highs in Salt Lake City at 81°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Naples.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Naples, Italy — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then make a trip to Pompeii Archaeological Park, then steep yourself in history at Lupanar, and finally don't miss a visit to Via San Gregorio Armeno. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, then explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples, and finally examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Naples vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Naples in 19 hours. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Naples, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in Naples. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

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 22nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Spanish Steps, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome tour planner.

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pescara.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Pescara, Italy — 2 nights

Pescara is the capital city of the Province of Pescara, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the views from Ponte Flaiano, take a leisurely stroll along Lungomare, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S.Pietro Apostolo-Chiesa del Mare, then make a trip to La Fontana Nave di Cascella, then snap pictures at Ponte del Mare, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Casa Natale di Gabriele d'Annunzio. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Abbazia di San Liberatore a Majella, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Statale Valle dell'Orfento, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lungomare di Montesilvano, and finally take a stroll through Pescara Vecchia.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pescara day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rome to Pescara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Pescara, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Venice, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

Plan my day in Venice using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Pescara to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Florence, Italy — 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Torre del Mangia, Centro Storico di Siena, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence trip maker.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Munich.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

Munich, Germany — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at BMW Museum, then ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Florence to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Florence in October; daily highs in Munich reach 57°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 2 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Get out of town with these interesting Garmisch-Partenkirchen side-trips: Schwangau (Schloss Neuschwanstein & Der Kurpark in Schwangau) and Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at All Things Garmisch - Day Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Wank Mountain, take some stellar pictures from Aussichtsplattform AlpspiX, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Vienna, Austria — 4 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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, see the interesting displays at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vienna trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Vienna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Vienna, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Athens.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Athens, Greece — 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Athens: Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, and stop by Monastiraki.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Athens sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Vienna to Athens by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vienna to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in October, with highs in Athens at 75°F and lows at 60°F. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zermatt.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, get great views at Viewpoint Kirchbrucke bridge, then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and finally stroll through 5 Lakes Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Riffelsee, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Athens to Zermatt takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Zermatt due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Grindelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, look for gifts at Vogts Corner, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, ponder the design of Europuddle, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich online travel route planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bruges.
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Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Ghent City Center, Gravensteen, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Markt, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and see the interesting displays at Historium Brugge.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Bruges takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Laeken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels tour planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Brussels, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam holiday planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to London.
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Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

London, United Kingdom — 3 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.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

Plan trip to London with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Amsterdam to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to London is minus 1 hour. In November in London, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

Tuscany travel guide

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Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Belgium travel guide

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A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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