10 days in Benelux, Paris & Spain Itinerary

10 days in Benelux, Paris & Spain Itinerary

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10 days in Benelux, Paris & Spain Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.

Istanbul, Turkey to Amsterdam is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect Amsterdam to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

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 15th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, make a trip to Atomium, and then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and then examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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 17th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Attractions like Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, make a trip to The Magic Fountain, explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso, and stroll around Ciutadella Park.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona route planning site .

You can fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, Barcelona is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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