16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 1 day
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 day
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Marne-la-Vallee, France
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
8
Pompeii, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rome vacation website .

Chicago, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in November, with highs in Rome at 63°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
day
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schönbrunn Zoo as well as Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, and then explore the galleries of Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vienna vacation app .

Getting from Rome to Vienna by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rome in November, with highs in Vienna at 49°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial ©
Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial

1
day
Oswiecim, Poland

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the 21st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oswiecim itinerary planner .

Getting from Vienna to Oswiecim by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 35°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Historic Sites Museums
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Oswiecim to Bruges by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oswiecim in November since evenings lows in Bruges dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

1
night
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and then see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ghent trip itinerary site .

Ghent is just a short distance from Bruges. In November, daytime highs in Ghent are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bruges
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Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moulin Rouge. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, then explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and finally catch an entertaining show at Moulin Rouge.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ghent to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Marne-la-Vallee.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee Rodin ©
Musee Rodin
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

4
nights
Marne-la-Vallee, France

Marne-la-Vallee ©
As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris and Disney Village. Go for a jaunt from Marne-la-Vallee to Paris to see Big Bus Paris about 40 minutes away.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Marne-la-Vallee day trip planning app .

Marne-la-Vallee is very close to Paris. November in Marne-la-Vallee sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pompeii.

Things to do in Marne-la-Vallee

Theme Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Big Bus Paris
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Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Big Bus Paris ©
Big Bus Paris
Walt Disney Studios Park ©
Walt Disney Studios Park

3
nights
Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii ©
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Explore Pompeii's surroundings by going to Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello), Libreria Antiquaria Vecchi Libri (in Salerno) and Paestum Ruins (in Paestum). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Bosco de Medici Winery, delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, and contemplate the long history of Forum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pompeii trip maker site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Marne-la-Vallee to Pompeii in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Marne-la-Vallee in November; daily highs in Pompeii reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Pompeii

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Libreria Antiquaria Vecchi Libri, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Paestum Ruins
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Paestum Ruins ©
Paestum Ruins

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