38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Bus
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Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Train
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Train
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Minsk, Belarus
— 3 nights
Bus to Minsk, Fly to Istanbul
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 8 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Chateau de la Batiaz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, make a trip to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and stop by Laderach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Zermatt driving holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Zermatt is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Zermatt

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 3 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jungfraujoch as well as Lauterbrunnen Village. Do some cultural sightseeing at Burgkirche Raron and Historical village of Saanen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lauterbrunnen: Trummer Woodcarving (in Adelboden) and Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael (in Raron). There's more to do: make a trip to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen day trip website.

Drive from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Free Walk Lucerne, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. Do your shopping at Altstadt Luzern and Kunsthalle Luzern. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rosengart Collection and Museggmauer. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Markuskirche, and explore the galleries of Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Musee Visionnaire Zurich. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Landesmuseum. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, make a trip to Predigerkirche, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zurich attractions planner.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. November in Zurich sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tallinn.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and finally explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary site.

Fly from Zurich to Tallinn in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Tallinn. Traveling from Zurich in November, things will get a bit cooler in Tallinn: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Riga, Latvia

— 3 nights

Paris of the North

Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old City Riga (Vecriga) and Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs. You'll explore and learn at Riga Motormuseum and Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Salaspils Memorial Ensemble in Salaspils (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, don't miss a visit to Livu Square, and appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Riga trip itinerary website.

Take a bus from Tallinn to Riga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. November in Riga sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Klaipeda.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Klaipeda, Lithuania

— 3 nights

Port City

Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Let the collections at Lithuanian Sea Museum and Museum of Miniature Arts capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Curonian Spit National Park and Memel Nord. Explore Klaipeda's surroundings by going to Nida (Ethnographic Fishermen's Museum, Amber Gallery-Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Akropolis, appreciate the history behind Sculpture The Black Ghost, and examine the collection at Museum of Clocks in Klaipeda.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Klaipeda online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Riga to Klaipeda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for Vilnius.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
St. Anne's Church and Church Of St Peter And St Paul will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Trakai Island Castle Museum and Vitrazo Manufaktura. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's church, view the masterpieces at Tsekh Vilnius, and get a taste of the local shopping with Terra Recognita.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vilnius travel route planning site.

You can take a train from Klaipeda to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Minsk.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

Minsk, Belarus

— 3 nights
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
For shopping fun, head to Gallery Dom Kartin or Zamok Mall. Appreciate the collections at National Historical and Cultural Museum and Reserve Niasvizh and Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War. Change things up with a short trip to Mir Castle in Mir (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Expobel Shopping Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, wander the streets of Upper City, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Spirit Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Minsk online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Vilnius to Minsk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. Traveling from Vilnius to Minsk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Minsk, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Istanbul.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 8 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Hagia Sophia Mosque and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Minsk to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minsk in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 16: