13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking tours as well as Westminster Abbey. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, then don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our London driving holiday tool .

Chicago, USA to London is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to London is 6 hours. In October, daily temperatures in London can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Tours
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Palace of Brussels. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then admire the landmark architecture of Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels tour site .

Getting from London to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Royal Palace of Brussels ©
Royal Palace of Brussels

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amsterdam Red Light District Tours, Red Light District and Van Gogh Museum. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the top attractions with Amsterdam Red Light District Tours, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then take a stroll through Red Light District, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally appreciate the history behind Sculpture De Violist. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark

1
day
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Frankfurt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Romer ©
Romer
Main Tower ©
Main Tower

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes DragonView.ch Paragliding Adventure, Rhine Falls and Uetliberg Mountain. On the 16th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhine Falls, enjoy unforgettable views with DragonView.ch Paragliding Adventure, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Nine Towers as well as Jungfraujoch. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip maker.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Milan online trip planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in October: high temperatures in Milan hover around 65°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

few
hours
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 Paris Wine Day Tours, Champs-Elysees and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. On the 20th (Tue), shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, awaken your taste buds at Paris Wine Day Tours, then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Milan to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, then don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, and finally cruise along Gornergrat.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt sightseeing planner.

Drive from Paris to Zermatt in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Transportation Outdoors Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Parish Church of St. Mauritius ©
Parish Church of St. Mauritius

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