12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Molyvos, Greece
Drive + Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h
End: Molyvos, Greece

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Popular historic sites such as Arc de Triomphe and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Le Marais, hunt for treasures at Rue Mouffetard Market, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris vacation builder.

Molyvos, Greece to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Molyvos in January; daily highs in Paris reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Etangs d'Ixelles, don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, stop by Galerie de la Reine, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally stop by La Maison des Maitres Chocolatiers Belges.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Brussels, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Albert Cuyp Market and Mango Magna Plaza. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through Red Light District, look for gifts at PGC Hajenius, and explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Shopping Museums Parks
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Albert Cuyp Market ©
Albert Cuyp Market
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

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nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Head to Byzantium.gr and Paraphernaliafor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Plaka District, stop by ChiliMenta, explore the striking landscape at Areopagus, and shop like a local with Monastiraki.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Athens travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Athens takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Athens to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Glyfada Beach
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Glyfada Beach ©
Glyfada Beach
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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