16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cologne, Germany
1
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive:  88 h
End: Hyderabad, Pakistan

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Phantasialand and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aachen Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne day trip site.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiports are Düsseldorf Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, Dortmund Airport and Weeze Airport. In October, daytime highs in Cologne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Phantasialand, Aachen Cathedral
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, pause for some serene contemplation at Westerkerk, then stroll around Vondelpark, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip app.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris sightseeing app.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

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

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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and stop by Las Ramblas.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona attractions planner.

Fly from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in October; daily highs in Barcelona reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take a stroll through Plaka, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, and finally delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Athens trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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