21 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Meiringen, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Church of St. Louis of the French and Forum of Augustus. Colosseum and Vatican Museums will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome route app.

Durham, USA to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. You'll explore and learn at Pitti Palace and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Duomo di Siena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Liberty Statue and Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in October, things will get little chillier in Budapest: highs are around 61°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Munich.
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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.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankt Rupert Kirche, make a trip to Marienplatz, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, then see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, then see the interesting displays at BMW Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at English Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Munich online travel planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Munich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. October in Munich sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Spittlertor, examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls of Nuremberg, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally contemplate the long history of Heilig-Geist-Spital. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at ST. JAKOB, get engrossed in the history at Henkerhaus, steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Stadtmuseum im Fembo-Haus (City Museum at Fembo House), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Egidien - Egidienkirche Nurnberg.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Nuremberg journey site.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, visit Old Town, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Zurich day trip planning app.

Fly from Nuremberg to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Zurich are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, examine the collection at Alpineum, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then take an in-depth tour of Alte Apotheke, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Natur-Museum Luzern, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Luzern, then take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Lucerne sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Meiringen.
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Meiringen, Switzerland — 1 night

Meiringen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. On the 5th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Reichenbach Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Michel, then explore the stunning scenery at Alpbachschlucht, and finally delve into the distant past at Restiturm.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Meiringen trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Meiringen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Meiringen can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and finally get outside with Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Interlaken is just a short distance from Meiringen. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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