18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Train:  4​h
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, wander the streets of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning website .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, expect Paris to be colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Oude Griffie & The Markt). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

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

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, meet the residents at ARTIS, walk around Vondelpark, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Amsterdam day trip app .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral, Würzburg Residence, & more) and Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town) & Schloss Heidelberg). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, and don't miss a visit to Romer.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Frankfurt tour planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Heidelberg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum

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