15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Train + Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
End: Madrid, Spain

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye, admire the natural beauty at Buckingham Palace, and then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, then admire the striking features of Houses of Parliament, then make a trip to Tower Bridge, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the London holiday website .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Manchester.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

1
day
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester ©
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): engage your brain at Museum of Science & Industry, then admire all the interesting features of Old Trafford, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Manchester trip builder .

Traveling by train from London to Manchester takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Manchester, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Old Trafford
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Science and Industry Museum ©
Science and Industry Museum
Room Escape Games
Old Trafford ©
Old Trafford

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London
For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our London trip planner .

You can take a train from Manchester to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You will leave for Bruges on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in London

Nightlife Fun & Games Parks
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2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 7th (Fri), admire the striking features of Stadhuis, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and then make a trip to The Markt. On the next day, sample the tasty concoctions at De Halve Maan Brewery, get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bruges day trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and train from London to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Bruges, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cologne: Deutsches Eck (German Corner) (in Koblenz), Phantasialand (in Bruhl) and Burg Eltz (in Wierschem). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cologne Cathedral, examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Cologne sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Cologne sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deutsches Eck (German Corner), Phantasialand, Eltz Castle
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris route planner.

You can take a train from Cologne to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Take a break from Madrid with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente, admire all the interesting features of Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Madrid takes 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 in Madrid, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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