18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Fly:  16​h
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 6 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India

6
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Shop till you drop at Altstadt Luzern and Drink-Shop Luzern. Old Town and Oberhofen Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Bahnhofstrasse (in Zurich) and Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castelgrande). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, and get engrossed in the history at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip maker .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Lucerne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Lucerne. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in March; daily highs in Lucerne reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zurich, Bellinzona, Uferpromenade Weggis, Oberhofen Castle
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step off the beaten path and head to Trocadero and Île de la Cité. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Le Marais, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, admire the landmark architecture of La Madeleine, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Lucerne to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at MOOF Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): explore the galleries of Atomium, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in March, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', Abbaye de Villers
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4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Anne Frank House and World Heritage Kinderdijk will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Canals area in Utrecht, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, wander the streets of Leidseplein, and contemplate the long history of Begijnhof.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Amsterdam online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Canals area, World Heritage Kinderdijk
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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