18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Karachi, Pakistan
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+4
train + bus + Fly + bus + train:  4​h
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  2​h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Karachi, Pakistan

3
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 8th (Thu): admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), then take a stroll through Barrio de Salamanca, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to Madrid is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Karachi in March: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 18°C and lows are around 5°C. On the 11th (Sun), you're off toBarcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) ©
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

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.
On the 11th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Park Guell, kick back and relax at La Barceloneta, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona online route maker .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Barcelona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.

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#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors
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La Barceloneta ©
La Barceloneta
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

1
night
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 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Pantheon, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome sightseeing website .

You can fly from Barcelona to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 14th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take a stroll through Navigli District, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, then see the interesting displays at Castello Sforzesco, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi WWF del Bassone.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Milan online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Milan are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Milan

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trip

Oasi WWF del Bassone
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, steep yourself in history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Panoramabrucke Sigriswil, cool off at Flussbad Schwabis Thun, then admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then make a trip to Clock Tower, and finally admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern vacation planner .

Getting from Milan to Bern by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Milan in March; daily highs in Bern reach 13°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Bern

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Museums

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, Flussbad Schwabis Thun, Panoramabrucke Sigriswil
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Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Panoramabrucke Sigriswil ©
Panoramabrucke Sigriswil

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.
On the 18th (Sun), take a stroll through Le Marais, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and then admire the landmark architecture of Musee du Louvre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): explore the activities along River Seine, kick back and relax at Paris Plage, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

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

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Bern to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bern in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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Paris Plage ©
Paris Plage
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

1
night
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 20th (Tue), wander the streets of Lower Town, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, and finally wander the streets of Place St. Gery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Atomium, wander the streets of Upper Town - Haut de la Ville, contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs d'Ixelles, then see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a stroll through Red Light District, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam holiday maker tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

2
nights
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then take in panoramic vistas at View of Riga from St Peter's Church Tower, and finally make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga). On the next day, kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Riga online day trip planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Riga in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Riga. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Amsterdam in March: highs in Riga hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs

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