9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  5​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
End: Paris, France


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2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral Primada in Toledo (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Madrid day trip site .

Paris, France to Madrid is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: savor the flavors at Coca-Cola London Eye, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, and make a trip to Buckingham Palace.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read London trip planner .

You can fly from Madrid to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Atomium, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Brussels vacation builder website .

Take a train from London to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from London to Brussels, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Brussels

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

1
night
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Barrage Vauban, take a stroll through La Petite France, then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg holiday planning site .

Getting from Brussels to Strasbourg by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Barrage Vauban ©
Barrage Vauban

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