13 days in Europe Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Grindelwald
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night


London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Attractions like Coca-Cola London Eye and National Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, admire the striking features of Clarence House, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read London trip maker.

San Francisco, USA to London is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to London, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Paris, France — 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris day trip planning site.

Getting from London to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and then don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paris to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in August, with highs in Rome at 90°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Grindelwald.
Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Lake Brienz in Brienz, approximately Brienz away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rome to Grindelwald takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Zurich.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips
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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.
On the 13th (Sun), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.