17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Bonn, Germany
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris road trip planning app.

Beirut, Lebanon to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Beirut in December: highs in Paris hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Markuskirche, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Thu), get curious at Deutsches Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and then make a trip to Marienplatz. On your second day here, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church and then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Prague online journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bonn.

Things to do in Prague

Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Bonn, Germany

— 5 nights

Little Big Town

The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Venture out of the city with trips to 66 Minuten - Theater Adventures (in Neuwied), Trier (Hauptmarkt, St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), &more) and Phantasialand (in Bruhl). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, contemplate the long history of Schumannhaus, pause for some serene contemplation at Bonner Munster, and don't miss a visit to Altes Rathaus.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bonn trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Bonn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bonn are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bonn

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

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 2nd (Thu): experience the excitement of GoDutch - Dutch Costume Photo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bonn to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Bruges are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Brussels, Belgium

— 1 night

Capital of Europe

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 (Sat), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Brussels using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

On the 5th (Sun), make a trip to Place de la Concorde.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.