22 days in Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bellagio, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Amalfi, Italy
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Madrid, Spain — 1 night

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through Gran Via, then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and finally stop by Real Fabrica.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Madrid trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Madrid is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Madrid, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Madrid to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 27th (Tue), wander the streets of Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, then make a trip to Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and finally take a stroll through Las Ramblas. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parc Guell, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de La Barceloneta, then browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, and finally look for gifts at SanoVation Cuir Barcelona Leather Jackets & Belt Boutique.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Barcelona attractions tool.

Getting from Madrid to Barcelona by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Barcelona, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 29th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and then take a stroll through Le Marais. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Paris holiday site.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 31st (Sat), take a stroll through Upper Town - Haut de la Ville, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and then don't miss a visit to Atomium. On your second day here, make a trip to Grand Place, wander the streets of Lower Town, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then get a taste of the local shopping with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brussels route site.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): visit The Jordaan, examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and then wander the streets of Leiden Square (Leidseplein). Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip builder tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Fly from Amsterdam to Zurich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Parrochiale di San Martino, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Lucerne sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bellagio.
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Bellagio, Italy — 1 night

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
On the 7th (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, shop like a local with Original Watercolors di Masits Agnes, then look for gifts at Profumeria Bellagio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Leonardo, and finally walk around La Punta Spartivento.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bellagio sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bellagio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in January: highs in Bellagio hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then learn about winemaking at Accademia del Buon Gusto, then learn about winemaking at Fattoria Casa Sola, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Signoria. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, and finally learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip app.

Traveling by train from Bellagio to Florence takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bellagio in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Florence: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

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 10th (Tue): visit Trastevere, stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, get a taste of the local shopping with Via Condotti, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally look for gifts at L'Artigianato.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip maker app.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amalfi.
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Amalfi, Italy — 3 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Amalfi coast Lemon Tour and Chiesa di Santa Croce. Visit Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Valle delle Ferriere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Giovanni, contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, and Head underground at Cave of Smeraldo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Amalfi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rome to Amalfi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Amalfi, with lows around 10°C. You will leave for home on the 15th (Sun).
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Lake Como travel guide

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A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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