46 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

46 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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

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 Wiener Staatsoper, Schonbrunn Palace, Schönbrunn Zoo, and other attractions to your itinerary. St. Stephen's Cathedral and Albertina are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rathausplatz and Ringstrasse. There's more to do: examine the collection at Hofburg and take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip itinerary maker website.

Sydney, Australia to Vienna is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Vienna is minus 9 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

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 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), contemplate the long history of Mozarts Geburtshaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at 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 Vienna to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munich.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Munich, Germany — 2 nights

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 14th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, explore the world behind art at Lenbachhaus, then examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Munich day trip site.

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ettal.
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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 16th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Schlossmuseum Murnau, then examine the collection at Schokoladenmanufaktur Barbara Kronner, and then see the interesting displays at Munter-Haus.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ettal online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Ettal in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

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. On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at Thimble museum (fingerhutmuseum), take an in-depth tour of Brunnenhausmuseum Schillingsfurst, and then contemplate the long history of Market Square.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg ob der Tauber trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ettal to Rothenburg ob der Tauber takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Stuttgart.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Stuttgart, Germany — 2 nights

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 18th (Mon), examine the collection at Strassenbahnwelt Stuttgart, examine the collection at Jewelry Museum, then see the interesting displays at Gasometer Pforzheim, and finally make a trip to Feuerseeplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Linden-Museum - Staatliches Museum fuer Voelkerkunde, then see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Schloss Rosenstein - staatl. Naturkundemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to Mercedes-Benz Museum.

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

You can drive from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Stuttgart in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 20th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Kloster Einsiedeln, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, and then make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then examine the collection at Zoological Museum, and then take a stroll through Niederdorf.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich travel planning site.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jesuitenkirche and Hofkirche. You'll explore and learn at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel and Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing. Go for a jaunt from Lucerne to Basel to see Offene Kirche Elisabethen about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Mt Pilatus, see the interesting displays at Bourbaki Panorama, explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip website.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Bern.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Bern, Switzerland — 1 night

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then make a trip to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, and finally don't miss a visit to Mosesbrunnen.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bern tour builder site.

You can drive from Lucerne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Bern, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 26th (Tue): 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 appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Palud.

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

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Maison des Canuts, examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, then don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and finally find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dijon.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Dijon, France — 2 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Eglise Saint-Michel de Dijon and Collegiale Notre-Dame de Dole are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon and Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dijon: Besancon (Musee des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie de Besancon & Foret de Chailluz). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, examine the collection at Musee Rude, and get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Art Sacre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dijon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lyon in December: highs in Dijon hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Paris, France — 5 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Petit Palais and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and admire the striking features of La Madeleine.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Dijon to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to London.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

London, United Kingdom — 7 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Wallace Collection and The Courtauld Gallery. Get some historical perspective at The Cathedral & Abbey Church of Saint Alban and HMS Belfast. Venture out of the city with trips to Brooklands Museum (in Weybridge), Room Escape Games (in Basingstoke) and The Snow Centre (in Hemel Hempstead). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Sir John Soane's Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of London, steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, and browse the collection at British Library.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our London day trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Paris to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in London are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Copenhagen.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 13:

Copenhagen, Denmark — 3 nights

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 Jaegerborg Dyrehave. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tivoli Gardens, wander the streets of Christiania, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), and appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen travel route planner.

You can fly from London to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Copenhagen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, expect Copenhagen to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Los Angeles, United States — 3 nights

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 Copenhagen to Los Angeles takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen 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 20th (Sat).
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

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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