15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

4
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankfurt: Würzburg Residence (in Wurzburg), Kolner Dom (in Cologne) and Rothenburg (Vieille Ville, Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, snap pictures at Eiserner Steg, admire the landmark architecture of Main Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt tour planner .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Frankfurt is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Frankfurt is minus 4 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Colombo in October: high temperatures in Frankfurt hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Schloss Heidelberg, Würzburg Residence, Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, The Nine Towers, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, take a stroll through Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Venice visit planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in November, with highs in Venice at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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 8th (Fri): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November in Milan, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online travel planner .

Getting from Milan to Paris by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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