51 days in Germany, France & Italy Itinerary

51 days in Germany, France & Italy Itinerary

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Kiel, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 23 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Kiel, Germany
— 5 nights
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Kiel, Germany — 2 nights

Sailing City

One of Germany's most important ports for decades, Kiel combines its working industrial center with a rich heritage of music, fine dining, and pleasant scenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Laboe Naval Memorial (Marine-Ehrenmal), then learn about all things military at U-Boot U 995, and then find something for the whole family at HANSA-PARK. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then engage your brain at Zoologisches Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium Kiel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolai Church.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kiel tour website.

Gothenburg, Sweden to Kiel is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. July in Kiel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Townhall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and then get to know the resident critters at Tierpark Hagenbeck.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hamburg online trip maker.

Drive from Kiel to Hamburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Hamburg sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, then appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and then explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Munich online visit planner.

Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Tecla, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then admire the striking features of Casa Ravizza, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, then find something for the whole family at Leolandia, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Munich to Milan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in July, things will get a bit warmer in Milan: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pisa.
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Pisa, Italy — 2 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 28th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagno Maurizio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): admire the striking features of Leaning Tower of Pisa, make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, then contemplate the long history of Camposanto, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pisa road trip planning tool.

Getting from Milan to Pisa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. July in Pisa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 23 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and Colline du Chateau overlook. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Frejus (Aqualand Frejus & Parc Zoologique de Frejus), Cueillette du Rocher (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Cannes (Rue Meynadier, La Croisette, &more). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with TakSea, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage, admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Pisa to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. While traveling from Pisa, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

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.
Attractions like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Musee Angladon (in Avignon) and Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, Marseille is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 3 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Le Parc des Perroquets (in Bren) and Room Escape Games (in Valence). There's much more to do: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Lyon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, don't miss a visit to Main Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Romer, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Justice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), then contemplate the long history of Goethe House, then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Frankfurt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Lyon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Frankfurt: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hamburg.
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Hamburg, Germany — 2 nights

Gateway to the World

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then admire the natural beauty at Planten un Blomen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Hagenbeck and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hamburg trip builder app.

Getting from Frankfurt to Hamburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in August, expect nights in Hamburg to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kiel.
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Kiel, Germany — 5 nights

Sailing City

Kids will enjoy HANSA-PARK and Kiel Botanical Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Seeschlosschenbrucke (in Timmendorfer Strand), Travemunde (in Lubeck) and Historische Badeanstalt Eutiner See (in Eutin). See some other sides of Kiel: enjoy the sand and surf at Schilksee Strandbad, get curious at Zoologisches Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolai Church.

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Traveling by car from Hamburg to Kiel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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