16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Invercargill, New Zealand
Fly:  38​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Kamari, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Invercargill, New Zealand

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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 7th (Tue): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Invercargill, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 38-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Invercargill to Paris. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 9th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally indulge your taste buds at La Boqueria. On the next day, kick back and relax at Barceloneta Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic, and then pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Barcelona vacation maker app .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catacombe di San Callisto and Colosseum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Via Condotti and Serra. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Natura e Fattoria Didattica Voloalto, and shop like a local with Trevimage.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, then shop like a local with Mercato Centrale, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pitti Mosaici, then stop by 100% Birbe, and finally view the masterpieces at Collezione Roberto Casamonti.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Florence are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kamari.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

2
nights
Kamari, Greece

Kamari ©
Kamari is a coastal village on the southeastern part of the Aegean island of Santorini, Greece, in the Cyclades archipelago with a population of approx. On the 16th (Thu), shop like a local with S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery, stop by Sand Lily Boutique, delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then stroll through Red Beach, and finally shop like a local with Gabbiano Nero Sculpture and Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kamari holiday maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Kamari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Florence to Kamari due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Florence in January, Kamari is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Kamari

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Sand Lily Boutique, S.M.A.G Spira Marble Art Gallery
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Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, and then shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner .

Fly from Kamari to Zurich in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kamari to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kamari in January, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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