12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Rome, Italy

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate La Croisette and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Verrerie Pierini. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Palais Lascaris, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, examine the collection at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice online trip maker .

Rome, Italy to Nice is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pierini Verre contemporain, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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.
On the 26th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and then head off the coast to Île de la Cité. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally admire the striking features of La Madeleine.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, Paris is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Atomium, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and then see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brussels sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of De Nieuwe Kerk, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): stroll around Vondelpark, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Amsterdam journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 3rd (Tue), wander the streets of Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Old Town ©
Old Town
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich

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