13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train:  2 h 15 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom


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2
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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, sightseeing, childrens museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs d'Ixelles, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner.

London, UK to Brussels is an approximately 2.5-hour train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 28th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt van Antwerpen, admire the landmark architecture of Central Station, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cogels Osylei, and finally stop by Pierre Marcolini.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Antwerp travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Antwerp are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Shopping
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Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Red Light District, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and finally raise your glass at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Antwerp to Amsterdam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Athens.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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 31st (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Plaka District and then look for gifts at SJS Designs Ceramic workshop & Gallery. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the collection at National Library of Greece, then delve into the distant past at Parthenon, and then contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens travel planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Athens by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Athens hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Athens

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

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Athens to Paris in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in January, with highs in Paris at 7°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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