15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
train:  5​h
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  7​h
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
train:  6​h 30​min
9
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Paris, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Palace of Versailles.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris travel planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at ESPACE TAIRRAZ - Crystal Museum & Espace Alpinisme, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix attractions app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Chamonix takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Tours
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Tunnel du Mont-Blanc ©
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc
Eglise Saint Michel ©
Eglise Saint Michel
Lac Blanc ©
Lac Blanc

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 15th (Sat), hit the slopes at Trockener Steg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zermatt driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Chamonix to Zermatt in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Moon and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice holiday builder site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Venice in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Blue Moon
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria and then enjoy the sand and surf at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Florence travel planning website .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno ©
Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

1
night
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 19th (Wed), don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
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 21st (Fri): wander the streets of Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, make a trip to Gran Via, then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, and finally immerse yourself in nature at la Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Madrid takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
la Sierra de Guadarrama National Park ©
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
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 22nd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at La Barceloneta.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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night
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): browse the exhibits of La Cite du Vin, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pey-Berland Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre). Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Michel and then identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bordeaux when traveling from Barcelona in September, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
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Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Pey-Berland Tower ©
Pey-Berland Tower

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