12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Train
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Place des Vosges, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary planning website.

Durham, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Durham in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Chamonix, France

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix holiday planning app.

Getting from Paris to Chamonix by combination of train and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 1 night
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and finally identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and finally take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke).

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, contemplate the waterfront views at Starnberger See, then stroll around Westpark, Japanischer Garten, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Wildpark Poing, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tegernsee, and then don't miss a visit to Eisbach Wave.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Munich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Munich

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Des Papillons, make a trip to Place de la Constitution, explore the fascinating underground world of Petrusse Casemates, then get to know the resident critters at Parc Merveilleux, and finally walk around Parc de Merl-Belair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock, admire the landmark architecture of Dent Creuse, then trek along Circuit Wenzel, and finally enjoy some diversion at Kids Playground.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Luxembourg City trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Luxembourg City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Efteling and The Amstel. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore the activities along Herengracht, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.

Bernese Oberland travel guide

4.7
Mountains · Waterfalls · Parasailing & Paragliding
Surrounding Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Bernese Oberland embodies Swiss-style comfort with its richly decorated chalets. The region abounds with famous, family-friendly ski resorts; ski tours take you to pristine Alpine peaks offering skiing for all skill levels. Itineraries here can include ice climbing, ski sailing, and marvelling in the beauty of the Alps and mirroring lakes below. Find yourself at the top of the continent with a ride to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 m (11,332 ft) above sea level.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.