19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h
2
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
8
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
day
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You've added Plaza de Cibeles, Gran Via, Mercado San Miguel, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, pause for some photo ops at Plaza de Cibeles, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gran Via, and finally pause for some photo ops at Puerta de Alcala.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Madrid. Expect slightly colder evenings in Madrid when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paris.

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Mercado San Miguel ©
Mercado San Miguel
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

5
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.
To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September, Paris is slightly colder than Madrid - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toBrussels.

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1
night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), Jardin du Mont des Arts, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Grand Place, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, make a trip to Place du Grand Sablon, then walk around Jardin du Mont des Arts, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and then make a trip to Atomium.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
You've added The Markt, Church of Our Lady Bruges, Beguinage (Begijnhof), and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll around Minnewaterpark, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally make a trip to Burg Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges online trip maker .

Take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotterdam.

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Historic Sites Parks
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Church of Our Lady Bruges ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges
The Markt ©
The Markt
Burg Square ©
Burg Square

1
day
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Erasmus Bridge, Markthal, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, snap pictures at Luchtsingel, examine the collection at Kijk-Kubus, then buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, and finally take in the views from Erasmus Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam day trip planning app .

You can drive from Bruges to Rotterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Markthal ©
Markthal
Erasmus Bridge ©
Erasmus Bridge
Kijk-Kubus ©
Kijk-Kubus

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Jordaan, Anne Frank House, Leidseplein, and other attractions you added. On the 24th (Tue), take a stroll through Red Light District.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Another option is to drive. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
You've added Alter Markt, Rheingartenbrunnen, Fischmarkt, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), take a stroll through Fischmarkt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kolner Dom, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Flora.

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Drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September in Cologne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Paris.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
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Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Botanical Gardens Flora ©
Botanical Gardens Flora

7
nights
Paris, France

Paris
To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris online vacation planner .

You can take a train from Cologne to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Paris

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