15 days in Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 1 day
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Vatican City, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Amstel, take in the exciting artwork at Peter Pappot Art Gallery, and then examine the collection at Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): stop by De 9 Straatjes, explore the activities along Herengracht, see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, then shop like a local with Mark Raven Amsterdam Art, and finally engage your brain at Body Worlds.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam road trip planning site.

Doha, Qatar to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Amsterdam is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Doha in December, plan for colder days in Amsterdam, with highs around 9°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Planete Chocolat, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and then take a stroll through Lower Town.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brussels online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.
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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.
Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, then see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder website.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Zahringerbrunnen and then visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Bern takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Bern is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald journey planner.

Drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 1 day

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Ghetto Ebraico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, then contemplate the long history of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rome itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Grindelwald to Rome in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vatican City.
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Vatican City, Italy — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Regina della Famiglia, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Vatican Necropolis, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vatican City trip itinerary app.

Vatican City is very close to Rome. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Stibbert Museum, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then take a stroll through Piazza della Repubblica, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Vatican City to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

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.
To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan journey maker.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in January, expect Milan to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Colonia Guell Gaudi Crypt, then examine the collection at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, and finally shop like a local with La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), take an in-depth tour of Museu d'Història de Barcelona MUHBA, then admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally wander the streets of Las Ramblas.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Barcelona journey site.

Fly from Milan to Barcelona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Milan in January; daily highs in Barcelona reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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