18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

3
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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip planning tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in September: highs in Helsinki hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Stockholm is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Vasa Museum, admire the masterpieces at Moderna Museet - Stockholm, step into the grandiose world of Drottningholm Palace, and find something for the whole family at Grona Lunds Tivoli.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Drottningholm Palace
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn and then explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen journey planner.

Getting from Stockholm to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

4
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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