17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New Orleans, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
5
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: New Orleans, United States

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 and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, enjoy the dining and entertainment at Moulin Rouge, examine the collection at Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris attractions planner .

New Orleans, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in September, expect nights in Paris to be colder, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toBrussels.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Brussels itinerary app .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, you will find days in Brussels are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Historic Centre of Brugge
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Jordaan and Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), stroll around Vondelpark, enjoy the thrill of live dance at Dutch National Opera & Ballet, and pedal to the sights with We Bike Amsterdam Tours.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip site .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll set off for Zurich on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Peter's Church and Beer Tastings & Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nymphenburg Palace and BMW Welt. The adventure continues: get curious at Deutsches Museum, wander the streets of Haidhausen, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munich online trip maker .

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Munich, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Haidhausen ©
Haidhausen
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dreikonigskirche and then ponder the design of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt journey builder site .

Traveling by train from Munich to Frankfurt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dreikonigskirche ©
Dreikonigskirche
Fountain of Justice ©
Fountain of Justice

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