24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Basel, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Damme, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. When in Paris, make a side trip to see La Hotte du Diable in Coincy, approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Place de la Bastille.

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

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in April, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, La Hotte du Diable
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

6
nights
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Pilatus and Jeunes Rives. Visit Seebad Eich and Ufschotti Park for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)), Zurich (Lake Zurich, Kaferberg, & more) and Etang de la Gruere (in Saignelegier). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs de Bonfol and meet the residents at Zoo Basel.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Paris to Basel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April in Basel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Basel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Zurich, Etang de la Gruere, Jeunes Rives, Seebad Eich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich

4
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get some historical perspective at Reichsburg Cochem and Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg). Explore hidden gems such as Ulmener Maar and Barenlochweiher. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankfurt: Karlstalschlucht (in Trippstadt), Weingut Eduard Kroth (in Briedel) and Calmont Klettersteig (in Bremm). It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Romer.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Basel to Frankfurt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Damme.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Calmont Klettersteig, Barenlochweiher, Ulmener Maar, Weingut Eduard Kroth, Reichsburg Cochem
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Reichsburg Cochem ©
Reichsburg Cochem
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Weingut Eduard Kroth ©
Weingut Eduard Kroth

2
nights
Damme, Belgium

Damme ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Landhuis Saint Walburga Church and Huisje van Majutte. Visiting De Panne Beach and Uitkerkse Polder will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Damme side-trips: Plage St. Andre (in Koksijde Bad), Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)) and The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Damme route maker site .

Explore your travel options from Frankfurt to Damme with the Route module. Traveling from Frankfurt in April, you will find days in Damme are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Damme

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blankenberge, Menin Gate Memorial, Landhuis Saint Walburga Church, De Panne Beach, The Dunes of Bredene
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De Panne Beach ©
De Panne Beach
Landhuis Saint Walburga Church ©
Landhuis Saint Walburga Church
Huisje van Majutte ©
Huisje van Majutte

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Jordaan and Zandvoort aan Zee. Get in touch with nature at De Spokeplas and ARTIS. Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to Keukenhof in Lisse--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, wander the streets of Brouwersgracht, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam online holiday maker .

Drive from Damme to Amsterdam in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

De Spokeplas, Zandvoort aan Zee, Keukenhof
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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