48 days in Europe Itinerary

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Mons, Belgium
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Lucca, Italy
— 5 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
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Schwangau, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 7 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 6 nights
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Cologne, Germany
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Mons, Belgium — 3 nights

Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Popular historic sites such as Tyne Cot Cemetery and Citadelle (Citadel) are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Francois Duesberg Museum and Mons Memorial Museum. Explore Mons' surroundings by going to Hallerbos (in Halle), Zonnebeke (Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 & Passchendaele New British Cemetery) and Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of St Symphorien Military Cemetery, make a trip to Grand-Place de Mons, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Elisabeth, and examine the collection at Mundaneum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mons day trip planning site.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Mons is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. In September in Mons, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.
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Lucca, Italy — 5 nights

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Delle Mummie Roccapelago and Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Le mura di Lucca and Duomo di Pisa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucca: Santuario dei Santi Pellegrino e Bianco (in San Pellegrino In Alpe), Parco di Pinocchio (in Collodi) and Costiera di Calafuria (in Livorno). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale della Certosa Monumentale di Calci, admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lucca tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Mons to Lucca in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Mons in September, expect Lucca to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 6 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola will appeal to history buffs. Museo della Porziuncola and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Siena side-trips: San Gimignano (Torre Grossa & Torre e Casa Campatelli), Assisi (San Damiano, Eremo delle Carceri, &more) and Palazzo dei Priori (in Volterra). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, see the interesting displays at Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Chigi Saracini, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Siena trip builder.

You can drive from Lucca to Siena in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 6 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazzale Michelangelo and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Castello di Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, examine the collection at Mus.e Firenze Palazzo Vecchio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Markuskirche. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (La Collection'Air Art Park, Biosphaere Entlebuch, &more), Maennlichen (in Grindelwald) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Alpenwildpark). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, examine the collection at Musee Visionnaire Zurich, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Zurich travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Schwangau.
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Schwangau, Germany — 4 nights

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Popular historic sites such as Schloss Neuschwanstein and St.Maria und Florian are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Schwabisches Bauernhofmuseum Illerbeuren (Swabian Farm Museum Illerbeuren) and Museum der Stadt Fussen. Explore Schwangau's surroundings by going to Partnachklamm (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Schloss Linderhof (in Ettal) and Stadtmuseum Memmingen (in Memmingen). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, browse the collection at Stadtbibliothek, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Bavarian Kings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benediktinerkloster St. Mang.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Schwangau visit planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Schwangau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Schwangau, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 7 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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church for their historical value. Munich Residenz and Frauenkirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau) and Donaudurchbruch (in Kelheim). There's much more to do: get curious at Deutsches Museum, examine the collection at BMW Museum, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and explore the activities along English Garden.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Munich sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 6 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Get some historical perspective at Würzburg Residence and St. Lorenz Church. Get some cultural insight at Fortress Marienberg and Town Walls. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Altstadt & Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber), Wurzburg (Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg & Der Hofgarten) and Rothenburg (Klostergarten, Reichsstadtmuseum, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nuremberg trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Nuremberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 4 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cologne Cathedral and Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Aachen Cathedral and Melaten-Friedhof will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cologne: Neroberg (in Wiesbaden) and Stadel Museum (in Frankfurt). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, examine the collection at The Cathedral Treasury, take an in-depth tour of Romisch-Germanisches Museum, and take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cologne tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Cologne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Cologne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Hainaut Province travel guide

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Zoos · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
A land of vibrant towns and undulating rural areas, Hainaut province sits in the westernmost section of Belgium. Nestled against the French border, the "Green Province" often appears far removed from the rest of the country, its inhabitants heartily devoted to local carnivals steeped in centuries of history and tradition. Overlooked by many tourists, Hainaut remains one of the country's less-frequented regions. The town of Mons serves as Hainaut's major center of culture and provides a comfortable urban base for day trips to the nearby World Heritage-listed flint mines, used over 4,000 years ago.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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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Canton of Zurich travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Zoos · Art Museums
Featuring over 50 museums and 100 art galleries, world-renowned shopping and exuberant nightlife, the Canton of Zurich is home to the bustling metropolis of the same name that overlooks Lake Zurich at the base the of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues, where you'll find high fashion labels, jewelry, and watches. Art lovers will relish the Kunsthaus and Rietberg museums, while hiking enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby trails. The places to visit offer a little something for everyone, from the hundreds of animals at the Zurich Zoo, to the party animals at the many nightclubs.
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Bavaria travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.
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North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.
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