17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (The Markt, Historic Centre of Brugge, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and explore the galleries of Atomium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brussels, use our trip itinerary maker.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Brussels is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In September in Brussels, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bruges
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
The Markt ©
The Markt

8
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: Interlaken (Harderkulm, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more), Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken) and Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, & more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery), wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Brussels to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Aare Gorge
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
night
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, tour the water at your own pace with Flying Dutch Boats, and admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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