16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Columbus, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4​h 30​min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Columbus, United States

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Pierrefonds and Arc de Triomphe. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Chantilly and Trocadero. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip site .

Columbus, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Columbus to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Columbus in September; daily highs in Paris reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chantilly, Chateau de Pierrefonds
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Parasailing & Paragliding. Shop till you drop at Altstadt Luzern and Kunsthalle Luzern. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Harderkulm (in Interlaken), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Mount Titlis (in Engelberg). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Paris to Lucerne by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Interlaken, Rhine Falls, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Titlis ©
Titlis
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore and learn at San Gimignano 1300 and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Visit San Quirico d'Orcia and Eremo Le Celle for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: St Martin Cathedral (in Lucca), Torre e Casa Campatelli (in San Gimignano) and Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, contemplate the long history of Battistero, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Florence takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in September: high temperatures in Florence hover around 78°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pisa, San Gimignano, St Martin Cathedral, Duomo San Donato, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
Highlights from your plan
San Quirico d'Orcia ©
San Quirico d'Orcia
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Canals area and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Let the collections at Louwman Museum The Hague and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Marken (in Marken) and The Hague (Panorama Mesdag & Gemeentemuseum Den Haag). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Jordaan, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, and explore the galleries of Anne Frank House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Florence to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florence in September, with highs in Amsterdam at 67°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hague, Amsterdam City Tours, Canals area, Zaanse Schans
Highlights from your plan
Louwman Museum The Hague ©
Louwman Museum The Hague
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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