17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've added Plaza Mayor, Cava Baja Gallery, Plaza de Castilla, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Castilla, then shop like a local with Cava Baja Gallery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Gran Via and then tour in harmony with nature at Free Walking Tours Madrid.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip itinerary site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Madrid is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in September, things will get a bit warmer in Madrid: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Free Walking Tours Madrid ©
Free Walking Tours Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Gran Via ©
Gran Via

1
night
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Camp Nou, La Barceloneta, La Boqueria, and other attractions. On the 23rd (Mon), take a spin around town with Free Walking Tours Barcelona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then wander the streets of La Barceloneta, then see where the action happens at Camp Nou, and finally savor the flavors at La Boqueria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): stroll around Parc Guell and then don't miss a visit to Ciutat Vella.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona travel route planning app .

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Walking tours, Vatican Museums, Spanish Steps, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, snap pictures at St. Angelo Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nice Cycle Tours as well as Place Massena. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Place Massena.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday planner .

Getting from Rome to Nice by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rome in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Tours Outdoors
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Nice Cycle Tours ©
Nice Cycle Tours
Place Massena ©
Place Massena

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.
You've added Moulin Rouge, Palace of Versailles, Pantheon, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ile Saint-Louis and Hotel de Ville.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris journey planning tool .

Fly from Nice to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nice in September; daily highs in Paris reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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.
For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online vacation maker .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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