15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Detroit, United States

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then contemplate the long history of Colosseum. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Borghese Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Rome is 6 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in February: high temperatures in Rome hover around 57°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral and then enjoy the sand and surf at Delta del Llobregat. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at La Boqueria, appreciate the history behind Casa Batlló, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Sagrada Familia, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona trip app .

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Barcelona are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Delta del Llobregat
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Delta del Llobregat ©
Delta del Llobregat
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Guadarrama, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Guadarrama, and then take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, then shop like a local with Gran Via, then wander the streets of Barrio de Salamanca, and finally admire the striking features of Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in February, things will get slightly colder in Madrid: highs are around 53°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Madrid

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Guadarrama
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Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) ©
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Mercado San Miguel ©
Mercado San Miguel
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and River Seine. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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

You can fly from Madrid to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in February, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt House Museum. Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Natura Artis Magistra, take a stroll through The Jordaan, stop by The American Book Center, and make a trip to De Negen Straatjes.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route maker .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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