16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Midland, United States
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Midland, United States

2
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
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 30th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum and then explore the world behind art at Rembrandt House Museum. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online trip planner .

Midland, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Midland in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

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

2
days
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 2nd (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité and then admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then steep yourself in history at Sacre Coeur Cathedral.

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Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rome.

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
days
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vatican Museums and Piazza Navona. Museum-lovers will get to explore Borghese Gallery and Capitoline Museums. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro.

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Fly from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

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Basilica di San Pietro ©
Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums ©
Vatican Museums

2
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, and then examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

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Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

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Uffizi Gallery ©
Uffizi Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the striking features of Casa Batlló and then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Güell, then admire the landmark architecture of La Sagrada Familia, and finally appreciate the history behind El Cafè de la Pedrera.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

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Casa Batlló ©
Casa Batlló
La Sagrada Familia ©
La Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
days
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 12th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional del Prado. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum Sorolla, see the interesting displays at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Madrid tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 54°F and lows reach 37°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

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Museo Nacional del Prado ©
Museo Nacional del Prado
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum ©
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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