14 days in Europe Itinerary

14 days in Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Explore hidden gems such as Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Christ Church Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum are in your itinerary. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry), Trim Castle (in Trim) and Bru na Boinne (in Donore). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, get a sense of history and politics at Dublin Castle, and admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Make your Dublin itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Cape Town, South Africa to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Dublin is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Cape Town, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Discover out-of-the-way places like Zaanse Schans and Begijnhof. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, explore the activities along Singel, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Amsterdam. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Bruges trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule)
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3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Île de la Cité and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the views from Pont Alexandre III, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip tool.

Getting from Bruges to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, take in the dramatic scenery at Reichenbach Falls, and then examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich visit site.

Fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Zurich sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Reichenbach Falls, Jesuitenkirche
Highlights from your plan
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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