17 days in France, Italy & The Netherlands Itinerary

17 days in France, Italy & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights


Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

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Seattle, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and visit Trastevere.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rome attractions planning website.

You can fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, Rome is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday planning website.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, explore and take pictures at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and stroll around Vondelpark.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Venice in September, with highs in Amsterdam at 67°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.