16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  18 h
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: New Delhi, India

4
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'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Seine River. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Paris is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from New Delhi to Paris, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect nights in Paris to be little chillier, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
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.
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and St. Nicholas' Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Atomium and René Magritte Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery (in Antwerp), Ghent (Patershol & Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)) and ZOO Planckendael (in Mechelen). And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brussels day trip tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Ghent, De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, ZOO Planckendael
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ZOO Planckendael ©
ZOO Planckendael
Atomium ©
Atomium
René Magritte Museum ©
René Magritte Museum

1
night
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 28th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, then take in the natural beauty of Neptunbad, and then admire the striking features of Gross St. Martin.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cologne trip planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cologne, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Gross St. Martin ©
Gross St. Martin
Melaten-Friedhof
Melaten-Friedhof
Shrine of the Three Kings ©
Shrine of the Three Kings

5
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.
Visit Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Strand Egmond aan Zee (in Egmond aan Zee) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Jordaan, explore the activities along Herengracht, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Strand Egmond aan Zee, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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