12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary planner

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Paris, France
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Lyon, France
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Marseille, France
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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Genoa, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Munich, Germany
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Dortmund, Germany
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Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip website.

Nijverdal, The Netherlands to Paris is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites

Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

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 2nd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then snap pictures at Passerelle du Palais de Justice, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Lyon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Marseille, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, stroll through Parc National des Calanques, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Biere de la Plaine.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planning tool.

Take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 1 night
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Casino Square, take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor, then examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo road trip site.

Drive from Marseille to Monte-Carlo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Marseille, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monte-Carlo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Genoa, Italy

— 1 night
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Genoa attractions planning site.

Drive from Monte-Carlo to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Milan trip tool.

Drive from Genoa to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Genoa in July, Milan is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping

Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, and then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Geneva holiday planner.

Getting from Milan to Geneva by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Geneva. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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 9th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

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Traveling by flight from Geneva to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Munich, Germany

— 1 night

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 10th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, and then make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Zurich to Munich by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Munich are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Stuttgart, Germany

— 1 night

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Stuttgart road trip site.

You can drive from Munich to Stuttgart in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll set off for Dortmund on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Dortmund, Germany

— 1 night

Green Metropolis

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): have fun and explore at German Football Museum, walk around Westfalenpark, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Dortmund, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Phonix West. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen and then get in on the family fun at Movie Park Germany.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dortmund itinerary site.

Getting from Stuttgart to Dortmund by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C.

Things to do in Dortmund

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.