18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly
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Caen, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aviano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trier, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive
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Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally look for gifts at De Kaaskamer. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in October, you will find days in Amsterdam are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Caen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Caen, France

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 6th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ess9nce, learn insider's secrets on La Compagnie des Terroirs, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Zen Hydro Fit.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Caen trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Caen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.

Things to do in Caen

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Barri Gòtic.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Barcelona planning site.

Getting from Caen to Barcelona by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Caen in October, expect Barcelona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, and explore the galleries of Vatican Museums.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rome tour itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in October, Rome is slightly colder at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aviano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Aviano, Italy

— 1 night
Aviano, is an Italian village, comune, of 9,270 inhabitants in the province of Pordenone at the foot of the Dolomites mountain range in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northern Italy.Aviano is home to the C.R.O. a cancer research centre, one of the few in Italy and reference point for north-east Italy.Near the town there is also the Piancavallo ski resort.HistoryAlthough Aviano has been inhabited only since the 10th century AD, evidence of a human presence dates to before the Romans entered the area in 186 BC. Most historians believe that Aviano developed with a commercial center located where present day Aviano is situated and a cultural and defensive center in the castle area. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Gregorio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria e Giuliana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesetta di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, then don't miss a visit to Santuario Diocesano Madonna del Monte in Costa di Aviano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di San Zenone, and finally admire the striking features of Palazzo Menegozzi.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aviano trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Aviano by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in October, with highs in Aviano at 66°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Aviano

Historic Sites

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, admire the landmark architecture of Frauenkirche, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and finally explore the activities along English Garden. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, get engrossed in the history at Muenchner Stadtmuseum /Munich Municipal Museum, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip builder site.

Drive from Aviano to Munich in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Aviano in October, things will get little chillier in Munich: highs are around 57°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Trier, Germany

— 1 night

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Trier Amphitheater, examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), examine the collection at Stadtmuseum Simeonstift, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konstantinbasilika, and finally admire the striking features of Kurfurstliches Palais.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Trier road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Munich to Trier takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monument du Souvenir - 'Gelle Fra', don't miss a visit to Place de la Constitution, get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then don't miss a visit to Place Guillaume II, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Wenzel Circular Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Luxembourg City online road trip planner.

You can drive from Trier to Luxembourg City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bastogne.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Bastogne, Belgium

— 1 night
Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history. Bastogne makes a good day trip from almost anywhere in the Ardennes region and provides an easy bus link to Liege, a popular travel destination located less than 70 km (45 mi) north.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial, see the interesting displays at Animalaine, learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, then appreciate the history behind McAuliffe Square, and finally take in the history at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bastogne trip planning site.

You can drive from Luxembourg City to Bastogne in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Roche-en-Ardenne.

Things to do in Bastogne

Historic Sites · Museums

La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium

— 1 night
La Roche-en-Ardenne is a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in the province of Luxembourg and the arrondissement of Marche-en-Famenne. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): trek along La Transardennaise, then examine the collection at history44 Museum, and then look for gifts at Cyril Chocolat.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Roche-en-Ardenne vacation planner.

La Roche-en-Ardenne is very close to Bastogne. In October in La Roche-en-Ardenne, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Roche-en-Ardenne

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide

4.4
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Germany's renowned wine region, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to six of the country's 13 wine-producing districts. It leads the world in the production and export of fine sparkling wines. The region is also known for its modern museums, romantic castles, open-air markets, and traditional festivals, which make up a great number of its attractions. Be sure your itinerary includes a visit to some of the vibrant towns, as diverse and welcoming as the people who live in them. Rhineland-Palatinate is popular with walkers and cyclists. It offers more scenic long-distance paths, short walks, and award-winning trails than any casual tourist could ever hope to explore in a single visit. You can reach the major attractions easily by car or train. But to enjoy the region's pristine natural scenery, picturesque vineyards, and friendly villages, rent a bicycle. This way, you can traverse the countryside at a pace slow enough to soak up the local culture.