15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
train:  45​min
1
Rotterdam, Holland
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

1
day
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Euromast and then contemplate the long history of Madurodam.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rotterdam road trip app .

Amsterdam to Rotterdam is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Madurodam
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Madurodam ©
Madurodam
Euromast ©
Euromast

2
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally make a trip to Place de la Concorde. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery).

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planner .

You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral, then walk around Parc Guell, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and then see the interesting displays at Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip planning site .

You can fly from Zurich to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in March, things will get a bit warmer in Barcelona: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Colosseum and Welcome to Rome will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Barcelona to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March in Rome, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Acropolis of Athens and Ancient Agora of Athens. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at National Garden, explore the engaging exhibits at Hellenic Children's Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip builder website .

Fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Athens. In March in Athens, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Family-friendly places like Schonbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Prater, don't miss a visit to Haus der Musik Wien, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vienna trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Athens to Vienna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in March: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 12°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

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