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2 3 BRITAIN NORTHEU RO PE ES SENTIA LS W H E R E T O G O EU RO PE ES SENTIA LS W H E R E T O G O Whether you have five days SEA where England or five weeks, here are a few 1 to go suggested itineraries to help THE POLAND London NETHERLANDS provide a starting point for a trip to remember. Want more BELGIUM GERMANY inspiration? Head online to lonelyplanet.com/thorntree to Paris CZECH chat with other travelers. 2 REPUBLIC FRANCE 3 Swiss Alps AUSTRIA 10 Days: London to Rome SWITZERLAND Four Cities and the Swiss Alps Venice SLOVENIA 4 CROATIA Ten days isnât much time to cover a continent, so weâve picked ITALY some of Europeâs most popular cities and most breathtaking scenery. The train can take the strain all the way, so you can SPAIN just sit back, enjoy the views and hit the ground running. ADRIATIC MEDITERRANEAN Rome SEA LONDON SEA 1 5 Europeâs greatest city? Thereâs so much to do in the British capital that you probably wonât even have time to ponder that question as you try to fit in a visit to the Tower of London, a night at a West End show, and a meal in one of the cityâs cool restaurants. PARIS VENICE 2 Just a couple of hours on the train from London and you can be strolling the streets of irresistible Paris. Show the Mona Lisa your own enigmatic smile at the Louvre, try snails for the first time 4 Many visitors are day-trippers so a night or two here can allow you to enjoy Veniceâs unique beauty in (relative) peace. The big sightsâBasilica di San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, etcâare at a chic bistro, and shop in the cityâs legendary department stores. all worth seeing, but one of the best things you can do is simply get lost in Veniceâs quiet backstreets, where some undiscovered gems are SWISS ALPS 3 still to be found. To slow the pace after your own Tale of Two Cities, head south from Paris to the Swiss Alps. Easily reached by the train, top ROME destinations include Montreux, Lucerne and the Jungfrau Region. Climb every mountain, explore the chocolate-box villages, and breathe in that fresh Alpine air. 5 Magnificent monuments recalling the Italian capitalâs illustrious historyâthe Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vaticanâare reason enough to come here. But throw in exceptional food, great nightlife and some classy shopping, and youâve got the perfect place to finish off your whistle-stop trip.
4 5 2 Weeks: Barcelona to Athens Mediterranean Meandering BRITAIN THE NETHERLANDS POLANDEU RO PE ES SENTIA LS W H E R E T O G O EU RO PE ES SENTIA LS W H E R E T O G O GERMANY BELGIUM UKRAINE Once home to Europeâs first civilizations and now home to many CZECH REPUBLIC of its best beaches and seaside cities, the Mediterranean oozes SLOVAKIA charm. This trip takes you from buzzing cities to tranquil resorts. FRANCE SWITZERLAND AUSTRIA BARCELONA HUNGARY 1 Amazing architecture, stylish inhabitants, exciting nightlife and 4 SLOVENIA ROMANIA CROATIA city beachesâwhatâs not to love about Barcelona? Spainâs most 2 3 Venice SERBIA European city has enough to fill a weekâs exploration, but quick-trip Cinque BOSNIA & SPAIN Nice Terre top choices are the Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, and the restaurants HERCEGOVINA Barcelona Dubrovnik BULGARIA and bars around La Ribera. Donât forget a half day on the sand to get 1 5 your first taste of the Med. ITALY ADRIATIC SEA NICE 2 A quick flight or an enjoyable two-train journey and youâre in Nice, the cosmopolitan capital of Franceâs chic CĂŽte dâAzur. Explore the Old Town and either Niceâs own pebbly beach or the cool MEDITERRANEAN SEA IONIAN SEA GREECE TURKEY Athens 6 nearby sands of Cannes and St Tropez. CINQUE TERRE 3 Five cliff-hugging towns give their name to this scenic strip of Ital- ian coastline. A train line runs the length of the area, offering stun- ning views of sea and land. Alternatively, tackle the Blue Trail hiking route for equally impressive panoramas and a healthy dose of exercise. VENICE 4 By boat is the best way to go when youâre in this historic island city. In a couple of days you can indulge in a gondola ride, get lost among the bridges and backstreets, and board a vaporetto to the neighboring islands to see Venetian glass-making and pastel-colored townhouses. DUBROVNIK BACINO DI SAN MARCO, VENICE 5 Ferry and bus combinations along Croatiaâs stunning coast will soon get you to the countryâs most beautiful city, Dubrovnik. Stroll the ancient walls, hit the local beaches or just enjoy a drink amid the baroque splendor. ATHENS 6 The cradle of western civilization is also a thoroughly modern city, so you can admire the ruins of the Acropolis before dining out in a fancy Michelin-star restaurant. If time is on your side, the nearby port of Piraeus is the gateway to the Greek islands where you can continue your Mediterranean odyssey.
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