17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Boat:  19​h
4
Hoorn, Holland
— 1 day
baot:  6​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 day
Boat:  9​h
6
Rotterdam, Holland
— Few hours
7
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 day
Boat:  8​h 30​min
8
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Nijmegen, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  17​h
10
Cologne, Germany
— Few hours
11
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Phoenix, United States

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas as well as Gran Via.

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Phoenix, USA to Madrid is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Phoenix to Madrid, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in May, things will get a bit cooler in Madrid: highs are around 75°F and lows about 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Montjuic Castle as well as Casa Museu Gaudí. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Batllo and Casa Mila - La Pedrera. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Barceloneta Beach. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of Passeig de Gracia, and stroll around Parc Guell.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona online tour planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Cologne road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Cologne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Cologne is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Hoorn.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites
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Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom

1
day
Hoorn, Holland

Hoorn ©
Hoorn is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Westfriesmuseum, gain insight at 'T Keetje, and then explore and take pictures at Schapenstreek.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hoorn journey builder app .

You can drive from Cologne to Hoorn in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cologne in June, you will find days in Hoorn are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hoorn

Museums

Side Trip

Lutjebroek
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Westfriesmuseum ©
Westfriesmuseum
'T Keetje ©
'T Keetje
Schapenstreek ©
Schapenstreek

1
day
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip website .

Take a train from Hoorn to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

few
hours
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rotterdam trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Outdoors Parks Nightlife
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1
day
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 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Dille and Kamille and then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Ghent takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Ghent are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

1
day
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stop by Pierre Marcolini.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp online travel route builder .

You can take a train from Ghent to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ghent in June: highs in Antwerp hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping
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Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini

1
night
Nijmegen, Holland

Nijmegen
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nijmegen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Nijmegen in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games
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few
hours
Cologne, Germany

Cologne
To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cologne trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Nijmegen to Cologne in 2 hours. You'll set off for Frankfurt on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Cologne

Nightlife Outdoors Parks
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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 8th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kleinmarkthalle, then explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt tour itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Cologne to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You will leave for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Kleinmarkthalle ©
Kleinmarkthalle

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