17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
train:  15​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
End: Paris, France

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

If you are flying in from Guatemala, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to London.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, and then don't miss a visit to Coca-Cola London Eye.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the London trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from London to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Zurich is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald travel route planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen
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Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Grindelwald to Venice with the Route module. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
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.
On the 26th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner .

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): ponder the design of The Magic Fountain, walk around Parc Guell, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Batllo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona journey builder website .

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Madrid online travel route builder .

Getting from Barcelona to Madrid by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in September, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaire Notre-Dame, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Pic Du Midi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and then explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Lourdes travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Madrid to Lourdes takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Madrid in September, things will get a bit cooler in Lourdes: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pic Du Midi
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Pic Du Midi ©
Pic Du Midi

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees and then admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

You can fly from Lourdes to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Lourdes in October, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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