12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
4
Lyon, France
— Few hours
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and then walk around Vondelpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, then meet the residents at ARTIS, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online tour planner.

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Amsterdam at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Atomium, and stroll through Bois de la Cambre.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brussels journey planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Brussels sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:
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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

few
hours
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planning tool.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Geneva sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 9th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich online itinerary planner.

Fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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