18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Stabilimento Balneare le Palme and V Lounge Beach Club will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Zoomarine (in Torvaianica) and Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Cinecitta World.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rome is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Dubai, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zoomarine, Giardino di Ninfa
Highlights from your plan
Zoomarine ©
Zoomarine
V Lounge Beach Club ©
V Lounge Beach Club
Cinecitta World ©
Cinecitta World

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia and Abazzia di Torri. Lardarello and Pieve di Sant'Andreino alle Cave will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Chiesa dei Santi Fabiano e Sebastiano (in Stigliano), Asciano (Museo Civico Archeologico e d'Arte Sacra & Museo Cassioli) and Ponte Della Pia (in Rosia). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo della Geotermia.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Florence trip maker app .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Asciano, Pomarance, Sovicille, Rapolano Terme, Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia
Highlights from your plan
Museo della Geotermia ©
Museo della Geotermia
Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia ©
Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia
Abazzia di Torri ©
Abazzia di Torri

few
hours
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Zurich is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Grote Kerk and Museum 1940-1945 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Huis Van Gijn and Biesbosch Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: National Park De Biesbosch (in Drimmelen), Dordrecht (Park Merwestein, Dordrechts Museum, & more) and Rhoonse grienden (in Rhoon).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip site .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in July, you will find days in Amsterdam are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dordrecht, National Park De Biesbosch, Biesbosch Museum, Rhoonse grienden
Highlights from your plan
Dordrechts Museum ©
Dordrechts Museum
National Park De Biesbosch ©
National Park De Biesbosch
Rhoonse grienden ©
Rhoonse grienden

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, then stroll the grounds of Tyne Cot Cemetery, and then identify plant and animal life at De Assels. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bellewaerde.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zonnebeke, Bellewaerde, De Assels
Highlights from your plan
Bellewaerde ©
Bellewaerde
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©

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 4th (Sun), get your game on at Petit Train a Vapeur de Forest, take a peaceful walk through Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', and then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Waterloo 1815. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at BrewSpot, stroll around Bois de la Cambre, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Buuren Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Brussels are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', Memorial Waterloo 1815
Highlights from your plan
Memorial Waterloo 1815 ©
Memorial Waterloo 1815
Van Buuren Museum ©
Van Buuren Museum
Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' ©

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.
Moret-sur-Loing and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Golf de Saint-Marc and UGolf Chateau de Rochefort will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chateau de Breteuil (in Choisel), Ferme de Viltain (in Jouy en Josas) and Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau). There's still lots to do: stroll through Parc des Felins.

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

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Versailles, UGolf Chateau de Rochefort, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Moret-sur-Loing, Parc des Felins
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Golf de Saint-Marc ©
Golf de Saint-Marc
Moret-sur-Loing ©
Moret-sur-Loing

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