16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Engelberg, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h
7
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Vatican City, Italy
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip maker site.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Paris is minus 4 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Colombo in November: high temperatures in Paris hover around 12°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Atomium, then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and finally explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum.

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Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally walk around Vondelpark.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. November in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the design of Fountain of Justice, admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, admire the striking features of Borse Frankfurt, then admire the striking features of Main Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Romer. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johanniskirche, take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, contemplate the long history of Goethe House, then take in the views from Iron Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip website.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Frankfurt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zurich travel route planner.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -1°C in Zurich. You will leave for Engelberg on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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1
night
Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Trubsee, take in the views from Titlis Cliff Walk, then fly down the slopes at Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg, and finally don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Engelberg trip planning tool.

Getting from Zurich to Engelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Lake Trubsee ©
Lake Trubsee
Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg ©
Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei ©

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Arena di Verona, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Venice trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Engelberg to Venice. When traveling from Engelberg in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Venice, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vatican City.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Verona
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

1
night
Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City
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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vatican City day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Vatican City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in December, you will find days in Vatican City are somewhat warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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