17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, then steep yourself in history at Museum Willet-Holthuysen, and then take a stroll through Red Light District.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam itinerary maker.

Mexico City, Mexico to Amsterdam is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in April, expect nights in Amsterdam to be slightly colder, around 6°C, while days are much colder, around 17°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off toBrussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Willet-Holthuysen Museum ©
Willet-Holthuysen Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of La Monnaie and then don't miss a visit to Place St. Gery. On the next day, engage your brain at Atomium, explore the activities along Etangs d'Ixelles, examine the collection at Manneken Pis, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Belgian Brewers Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Brussels sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 5th (Wed), you're off toBruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
La Monnaie ©
La Monnaie

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Bruges tour planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Bénédictines du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musée d'Orsay and Montmartre. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and kick back and relax at Paris Plage.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary maker.

Drive from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Palatine Hill and Colosseum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vatican Museums and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, explore the striking landscape at Passeggiata di Gianicolo, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clement Basilica.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Rome in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Athens trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Amsterdam.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Parthenon ©
Parthenon
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of subway and flight from Athens to Amsterdam in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. In April, Amsterdam is a bit cooler than Athens - with highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Museums
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Museum Van Loon ©
Museum Van Loon

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