15 days in Europe Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Rome online itinerary builder.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Rome, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Rome is slightly colder than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Fly from Florence to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Florence in May; daily highs in Zurich reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

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 28th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then browse the exhibits of Atomium, and then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Brussels online visit planner.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then walk around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 1st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Belgium travel guide

4.3
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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