16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo). Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort) and Stadhuis Haarlem (in Haarlem). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, don't miss a visit to Leidseplein, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

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Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toronto in July; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Visit Church of Our Lady Bruges and Brugse Vrije for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (The Markt & Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

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Drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and stroll through Île de la Cité.

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You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in August: highs in Paris hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 10th (Tue), take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

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Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Milan: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 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.
Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. El Barri Gòtic and Las Ramblas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Barcelona: Platja Fonda (in Begur), Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro) and La playa de Tamariu (in Tamariu). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc Guell, kick back and relax at Platja Port Bo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cala del Senyor Ramon, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

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Traveling by flight from Milan to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips