14 days in Europe Itinerary

14 days in Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Rijksmuseum and Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get a bit warmer in Amsterdam: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Get in touch with nature at Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem and Konigsallee. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cologne Cathedral, examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cologne trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Amsterdam to Cologne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Cologne are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun, Konigsallee, Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem ©
Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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 23rd (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, examine the collection at Atomium, and then meet the residents at ZOO Planckendael. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Grand Place, shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip app .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

ZOO Planckendael
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. Champs-Elysees and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, make a trip to La Madeleine, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paris visit planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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