16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly to Nantes, Train to Saint-Malo
Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Reims, France
— 4 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Museum Quarter and then get from place to place with Centraal Station.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Amsterdam is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, expect Amsterdam to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

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 31st (Tue): take a stroll through Cannaregio, then wander the streets of Dorsoduro, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Venice tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Florence.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, then admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John.

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

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lucerne.
Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Lion Monument and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lucerne online day trip planner.

Fly from Florence to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in November, things will get slightly colder in Lucerne: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo, France — 2 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Malo travel planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Saint-Malo by combination of flight and train takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, Saint-Malo is somewhat warmer than Lucerne - with highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and then examine the collection at Airborne Museum.

For reviews and tourist information, read Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Reims.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Reims, France — 4 nights

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Moet et Chandon. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Champagne Pierre Legras (in Chouilly), Champagne DOMI (in Grauves) and Epernay (Champagne De Castellane, Mercier, &more). There's more to do: do a tasting at Champagne Domi Moreau and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Reims trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Reims in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.