16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  10 h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Seattle, United States

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Le Marais, Rue Cler, Montmartre, and other attractions you added. Visit Champs-Elysees and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Palace of Versailles and Louvre Museum. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Paris is 9 hours. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
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.
You've added Royal Palace of Brussels, Mini-Europe, Place du Grand Sablon, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Brussels, then wander the streets of Lower Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Atomium, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, see the interesting displays at Autoworld, then don't miss a visit to Place du Grand Sablon, and finally get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Cologne Cathedral and Burg Thurant will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun and Chocolate Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cologne: Dusseldorf (Konigsallee & Old Town (Altstadt)) and Historische Senfmuehle (in Cochem). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig and stroll the grounds of Melaten-Friedhof.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Cologne are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dusseldorf, Historische Senfmuehle, Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun, Thurant Castle
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Thurant Castle ©
Thurant Castle
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Natura Artis Magistra and The Islands (De Eilanden). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rijksmuseum and The Jordaan. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, wander the streets of De Negen Straatjes, and get to know the fascinating history of Brouwersgracht.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner .

Seattle, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Amsterdam. Traveling from Seattle in August, things will get slightly colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Frans Hals Museum
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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