13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cork, Ireland
Fly:  5 h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Cork, Ireland

2
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 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and finally head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary maker .

Cork, Ireland to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cork in August, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 29°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Food Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Wed), take a stroll through Cite medievale de Perouges, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, then make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lyon tour planning app .

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

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

You can drive from Lyon to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in August, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Lindenhofplatz, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, then take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Romer. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mainz Cathedral (Dom), then pause for some photo ops at Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal), then get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and finally snap pictures at Eiserner Steg.

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You can fly from Zurich to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal), Mainz Cathedral
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Romer ©
Romer
Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal) ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a stroll through The Jordaan, then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Frankfurt, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Neighborhoods
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden and then see the interesting displays at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Giethoorn tour website .

Drive from Amsterdam to Giethoorn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
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Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden ©
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus ©
Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus

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