18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Miami, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Annecy, France
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
7
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h
End: Miami, 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online travel planner .

Miami, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Miami in December; daily highs in Paris reach 47°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, walk around Vondelpark, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online day trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, The Markt, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Atomium, get your game on at VirtualRoom - Virtual Reality Brussels, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bruges
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Brussels to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres) and Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and get great views at The Cathedral of Bern.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip planning app .

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in December, Bern is a bit cooler at night with lows of 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Gruyeres Castle, Mt Pilatus, Chateau de Chillon, Basel Minster
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Aare River
Aare River
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

1
night
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Bern to Annecy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Annecy are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy
Jardins de l'Europe ©
Jardins de l'Europe

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a stroll through Le Marais, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

Traveling by train from Annecy to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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