16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Biarritz, France
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amsterdam Red Light District Tours. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get a taste of local nightlife at Amsterdam Red Light District Tours, see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and then take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then make a trip to Anne Frank House, then browse the exhibits of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In May, Amsterdam is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee de l'Orangerie. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Le Marais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Banaka, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cote des Basques, then pause for some photo ops at Rocher de la Vierge, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie D'art Barthelemy Bouscayrol.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Biarritz tour builder .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Biarritz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Biarritz sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Biarritz

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Banaka
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Banaka ©
Banaka
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge

1
night
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Monte Urgull, expand your understanding of the military at Castillo de la Mota, then wander the streets of Parte Vieja, and finally stroll through La Concha Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia trip builder app .

You can drive from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja
Castillo de la Mota ©
Castillo de la Mota

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Head to La Croisette and Marche Forvillefor some retail therapy. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie des Bains-Douches, don't miss a visit to Avenue Jean Medecin, and view the masterpieces at GALERIE art Le CAMELEON.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Sebastian - Donostia to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in June since evenings lows in Nice dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planning website .

Getting from Nice to Florence by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome vacation planner .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Rome sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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