14 days in Spain, Amsterdam & Cologne Itinerary

14 days in Spain, Amsterdam & Cologne Itinerary

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14 days in Spain, Amsterdam & Cologne Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
1
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Tarragona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 7 nights
End: Cologne, Germany

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ciutat Vella, then stop by 4Retinas- foto-diseno, then explore the activities along Delta del Llobregat, and finally take a stroll through Passeig de Gracia. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at La Roca Village and then examine the collection at CosmoCaixa Barcelona.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Barcelona holiday maker website .

Cologne, Germany to Barcelona is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Cologne in August, expect Barcelona to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tarragona.

Things to do in Barcelona

Shopping Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Delta del Llobregat, La Roca Village
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Ciutat Vella ©
Ciutat Vella
CosmoCaixa Barcelona ©
CosmoCaixa Barcelona
Delta del Llobregat ©
Delta del Llobregat

2
nights
Tarragona, Spain

Tarragona ©
Tarragona is a port city located in northeast Spain on the Costa Daurada by the Mediterranean Sea. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for gifts at El Lloro, get to know the fascinating history of Passeig Arqueològic, then look for gifts at Galeria Natàlia Ferré, then learn about winemaking at Celler Mas Vicenc, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Monastery of Santes Creus. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Parc Central Tarragona, view the masterpieces at Galeria Tarraco, and then take an in-depth tour of Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tarragona online road trip planner .

You can drive from Barcelona to Tarragona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Tarragona

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Galeria d'art Natalia Ferre, Celler Mas Vicenc, Reial Monestir De Santes Creus
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Parc Central ©
Parc Central
Celler Mas Vicenc ©
Celler Mas Vicenc
Reial Monestir De Santes Creus ©
Reial Monestir De Santes Creus

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Archery Tag Amsterdam has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans, have some family-friendly fun at Archery Tag Amsterdam, and then shop like a local with Leidseplein. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, admire the masterpieces at Rembrandt House Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with De Negen Straatjes, and finally take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Tarragona to Amsterdam with the Route module. Traveling from Tarragona in August, expect Amsterdam to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
De Duif ©
De Duif

7
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Wochenmarkt Muenster has been added to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Neroberg and Historische Senfmühle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beilstein Castle/Burg Metternich and Burg Stahleck. Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun), Gasometer Oberhausen (in Oberhausen) and Eberbach Abbey (in Eltville am Rhein). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Burg Thurant, examine the collection at Mathematikum, take a stroll through Oberkassel, and do a tasting at Weingut Rudi Steuer Valwig.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cologne vacation planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Marburg, Burg Stahleck, Stefans Wine Paradise, Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun, Leica Welt IM Leitz-Park
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Historische Senfmuehle ©
Historische Senfmuehle
Beilstein Castle/Burg Metternich ©
Burg Thurant ©
Burg Thurant

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