20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip itinerary planner

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Paris, France
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Marne-la-Vallee, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Paris, France

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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

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.
You've now added D'Ieteren Gallery to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de la Chapelle, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then browse the exhibits of Atomium, then find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Beguinage. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and then explore the world behind art at D'Ieteren Gallery.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brussels road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Red Light District.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip website.

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Frankfurt, Germany

— 1 night

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll around Lindenhofplatz, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then visit Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in December, plan for little chillier nights in Zurich, with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg) and Bern (The Cathedral of Bern, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more). There's still lots to do: stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken travel route planning website.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect Interlaken to be slightly colder, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Interlaken

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Montreux, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maison Cailler, La Maison du Gruyere and Collection de l'Art Brut. Change things up with a short trip to Cathedrale de Lausanne in Lausanne (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, hunt for treasures at Christmas Market in Montreux, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and try your luck at Casino de Montreux.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Montreux day trip planning website.

Drive from Interlaken to Montreux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Marne-la-Vallee.

Things to do in Montreux

Tours · Shopping · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Marne-la-Vallee, France

— 2 nights
As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
On the 1st (Sat), look for gifts at Disney Village, buy something for everyone on your list at Val d'Europe, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marne-la-Vallee day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Marne-la-Vallee takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Marne-la-Vallee

Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Explore Paris further: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online driving holiday planner.

Paris is just a short distance from Marne-la-Vallee.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6: