15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  35 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  32 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Visit Anne Frank House and Begijnhof for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt House Museum. Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and stroll through Vondelpark.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Amsterdam is an approximately 35-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Amsterdam are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Escape the urban bustle at Beach Kupari and Island of Lokrum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Rector's Palace. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine, don't miss a visit to Stradun, take in panoramic vistas at Gornji Ugao Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Franciscan Monastery.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Amsterdam to Dubrovnik in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Dubrovnik at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Bucharest trip generator.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Dubrovnik to Bucharest in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, Bucharest is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lake Maggiore.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites
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Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery

few
hours
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore
To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Maggiore itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bucharest to Lake Maggiore in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Bucharest in September, plan for little chillier days in Lake Maggiore, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. On the 24th (Sun), you're off toVenice.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks
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4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Popular historic sites such as Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ponte dei Sospiri are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Doges' Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo & Scrovegni Chapel). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Venice custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Maggiore to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lake Maggiore in September since evenings lows in Venice dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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