18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
2
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
4
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning website.

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Paris. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Paris, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, visit La Petite France, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, thenstop by La Cure Gourmande, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Dolder Tower, thenmake a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, thenvisit Little Venice, and finally don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Strasbourg are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 25th (Sat), you're off to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Little Venice, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Dolder Tower
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La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Frankfurt is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt online trip builder.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

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nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Malakoffturm, thendon't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, and finally make a trip to Heumarkt.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip maker website.

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, stop by Papabubble Brussels, thenpause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, thenshop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Beguinage, thensee the interesting displays at Atomium, and then get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

Before you visit Brussels, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online route builder.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Hague
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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