16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

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 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), make a trip to Royal Palace Amsterdam, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam holiday planning website .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 23rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, then steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, and then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the London trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Amsterdam to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in London can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from London to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 27th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, then examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Lisbon by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Lisbon is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona visit planning tool .

Fly from Lisbon to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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 31st (Tue), make a trip to Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome travel planning website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence online holiday planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Schönbrunn Zoo. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), contemplate the long history of Belvedere Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna holiday planner.

Fly from Florence to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in January: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

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