18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
+2
bus + Fly + tram:  26​h
1
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Georges, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary builder website .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Lyon is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in August, expect Lyon to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Trails Golf
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Eglise Saint Georges ©
Eglise Saint Georges

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 26th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Mosesbrunnen. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then get engrossed in the history at Touristik-Museum der Jungfrau-Region, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Bern takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bern when traveling from Lyon in August, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trip

Interlaken
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Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

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 28th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Romer, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palmengarten, and finally make a trip to Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Frankfurt holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Bern to Frankfurt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Frankfurt

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

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): wander the streets of Brouwersgracht, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, then get engrossed in the history at The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam day trip planning website .

You can fly from Frankfurt to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in August, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Maison d'Erasme, then examine the collection at Atomium, then admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and finally see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Brussels travel route planning site .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

5
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.
Visit Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Paris tour planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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