16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Chennai, India

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and finally steep yourself in history at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online trip itinerary builder .

Chennai, India to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Chennai to Rome. Traveling from Chennai in December, expect Rome to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
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 24th (Tue): do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, then examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence online journey maker .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and finally wander the streets of Ciutat Vella. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, and finally pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Barcelona are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks 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
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 28th (Sat), take a stroll through Île de la Cité, wander the streets of Le Marais, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris route maker website .

Fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): wander the streets of The Jordaan, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and then wander the streets of Leidseplein. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

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

3
nights
Munich, Germany

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Munich Residenz and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Munich vacation site .

Drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. January in Munich sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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