28 days in Germany, France & Rome Itinerary

28 days in Germany, France & Rome Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
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Potsdam, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rome road trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rome. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Rome hover around 16°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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Lyon, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Lyon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for slightly colder days in Lyon, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
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Paris, France

— 5 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Frankfurt, Germany

— 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, admire the masterpieces at Liebieghaus, then admire the landmark architecture of Opernturm., and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Romer, then steep yourself in history at Goethe House, then contemplate the long history of Messel Pit Fossil Site, and finally take in the views from Iron Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt tour website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Frankfurt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Potsdam.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Potsdam, Germany

— 1 night

Versailles of Germany

Formerly an official residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is surrounded by a series of interconnected lakes, parks, and palaces.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Potsdam's Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Sanssouci Palace, and then contemplate the long history of Schloss Cecilienhof.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Potsdam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Potsdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Potsdam

Historic Sites · Parks
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Berlin, Germany

— 4 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Berlin itinerary maker.

Getting from Potsdam to Berlin by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Munich, Germany

— 5 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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, get curious at Deutsches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Munich road trip planning website.

Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
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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.

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.