15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Prague, Czech Republic
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Prague, Czech Republic

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt Pilatus and Chapel Bridge. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town (Altstadt) and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Biosphaere Entlebuch, & more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Barenland.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planner .

Prague, Czech Republic to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Milan trip tool .

You can fly from Zurich to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Milan, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park and Mirador del area recreativa de Xenacs. Casa Batllo and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barcelona: La Fageda d'en Jorda (in Olot), Bufadors de Bevi (in Santa Maria de Besora) and Parc Naturel de Cadi-Moixero (in Baga). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Passeig de Gracia, contemplate the long history of Ciutat Vella, and get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

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

You can fly from Milan to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milan in December: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Olot, Bufadors de Bevi, Mirador del area recreativa de Xenacs, Parc Naturel de Cadi-Moixero
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La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park ©
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Barcelona to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Visit Anne Frank House and Brouwersgracht for their historical value. Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour planning app .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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