12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Lyon, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

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.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then stroll through Vondelpark. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, then meet the residents at ARTIS, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker app .

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Amsterdam to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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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, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, don't miss a visit to Atomium, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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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.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then don't miss a visit to Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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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): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and then explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Paris to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Geneva using our trip planner.

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

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

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

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zurich route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Historic Sites
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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