15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tampa, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Tampa, United States

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Lope de Vega Museum and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, and then explore the galleries of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Madrid itinerary maker website .

Tampa, USA to Madrid is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tampa to Madrid, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Tampa in December, with highs in Madrid at 54°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, then pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parc Guell, then don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona online travel planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in December since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rome route maker tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Florence in December; daily highs in Venice reach 49°F and lows reach 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zurich online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for little chillier days in Zurich, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then wander the streets of Montmartre, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 47°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
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 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam route tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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