12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at De Nieuwe Kerk, walk around Vondelpark, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam tour website.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December, expect Amsterdam to be colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

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 20th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, examine the collection at Atomium, then admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then make a trip to The Flower Clock, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Geneva to be little chillier, temps between 6°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Milan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Milan are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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