18 days in Barcelona, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in Barcelona, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

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18 days in Barcelona, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Your inner history buff will appreciate El Barri Gòtic and Vila Vella (Old Town). Explore Barcelona's surroundings by going to Lloret de Mar (Lloret Beach & Fenals Beach). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ciutat Vella, make a trip to Casa Batllo, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona journey planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Barcelona, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Barcelona is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lloret de Mar, Vila Vella (Old Town)
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El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chartres Cathedral and Musee Rodin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Place de la Bastille.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris tour planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Paris is slightly colder than Barcelona - with highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Jordaan and Herengracht. Visiting Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) and Zandvoort aan Zee will get you outdoors. Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to Strand Egmond aan Zee in Egmond aan Zee--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through Red Light District, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip builder site .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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