9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

9 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Seville, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Seville, Spain

— 1 night

City of Towers

A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): walk around Parque de Maria Luisa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Colegial del Salvador, and then wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seville road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Seville is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.
On the 26th (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and then make a trip to Palau Guell. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Passeig de Gracia, and then stroll around Parc de Montjuic.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Seville to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums
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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lyon tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Barcelona to Lyon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, expect Lyon to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get great views at Gornergrat.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zermatt planning tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 30th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Lucerne tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, take in panoramic vistas at A'dam Lookout, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and finally don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip planning site.

Getting from Lucerne to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Markt, then steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges day trip planning site.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

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.