16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly
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Como, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

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 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 63°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seine River and Musee de l'Orangerie. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip maker.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

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You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. May in Zurich sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Como.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Como, Italy

— 1 night

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
On the 15th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Fedele.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Como online tour planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Como in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Como, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Como to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 19th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Florence itinerary builder.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and finally make a trip to Spanish Steps.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Florence in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Barcelona, Spain

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, walk around Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, then steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip builder site.

Getting from Rome to Barcelona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Barcelona are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."