17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
7
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Denver, United States

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piazza Navona as well as Colosseum. On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Colosseum and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip app .

Denver, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Rome. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in December; daily highs in Rome reach 57°F and lows reach 39°F. You will leave for Florence on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
On the 21st (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, don't miss a visit to Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planning app .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in December: high temperatures in Venice hover around 49°F and lows are around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Piazza dei Signori
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

3
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Scala Opera. On the 24th (Tue), experience the emotional art of opera at La Scala Opera. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Milan sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Piazza Ducale, Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso
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Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Zoological Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Einsiedeln. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Munot, get to know the fascinating history of Limmatquai, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zurich online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Milan to Zurich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in December, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are slightly colder, around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Munot, Kloster Einsiedeln
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Limmatquai ©
Limmatquai
Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online trip builder .

Denver, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Time (CET) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Amsterdam when traveling from Denver in December, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Ile Saint-Louis, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip app .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): wander the streets of Casco Historico de Toledo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza mayor de Chinchon, shop like a local with Cava Baja Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Segovia, and finally admire the striking features of Alcazar de Segovia.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planning tool .

You can fly from Paris to Madrid in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 37°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Segovia, Toledo, Plaza mayor de Chinchon
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Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Alcazar de Segovia ©
Alcazar de Segovia

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