9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, United States
Fly + Train:  13​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Aachen, Germany
— Few hours
Train:  1​h
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Koblenz, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
8
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  12​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, United States

1
day
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 7th (Sat), examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and then don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Brussels tour itinerary maker website .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Brussels is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, things will get colder in Brussels: highs are around 43°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

1
night
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 8th (Sun), go all around town with City Tours, then stop by La casa del Habano, and then go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Maastricht road trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Maastricht in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Maastricht are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Aachen.

Things to do in Maastricht

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La casa del Habano ©
La casa del Habano
Boekhandel Dominicanen ©
Boekhandel Dominicanen

few
hours
Aachen, Germany

Aachen
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Markt.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aachen trip itinerary maker tool .

Aachen is just a stone's throw from Maastricht. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Cologne.

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Kolner Dom, then contemplate the long history of Domschatzkammer, then pause for some photo ops at Edith Stein-Denkmal, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cologne online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Aachen to Cologne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Koblenz.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Edith Stein-Denkmal ©
Edith Stein-Denkmal

1
night
Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz ©
Calling itself "Germany's most beautiful corner," Koblenz is tucked in the picturesque valley formed by the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is one of the most popular spots on tourist itineraries.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Erfinderbrunnen, admire the striking features of Kunstgasschen Koblenz, then contemplate the long history of Fort Asterstein, then learn about all things military at Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz, and finally learn about winemaking at Weingut Schwaab.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Koblenz trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Koblenz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Koblenz sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Koblenz

Museums Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Weingut Schwaab ©
Weingut Schwaab
Erfinderbrunnen ©
Erfinderbrunnen

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, then steep yourself in history at Goethe House, and finally appreciate the history behind Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Koblenz to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

1
night
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Prague driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from Frankfurt to Prague in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rome sightseeing planner .

Getting from Prague to Rome by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Prague in December, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 57°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then stroll around Parc Guell.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Barcelona online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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