16 days in Italy, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

16 days in Italy, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 1 night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights


Venice, Italy — 2 nights

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Venice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Venice. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in November; daily highs in Venice reach 15°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio and then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Florence, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 13th (Sun), admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Rome sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Nice, France — 1 night

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 16th (Wed), take a stroll through Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally don't miss a visit to Place Massena. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Rome to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November in Nice, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Paris, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, Paris is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.
Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights)) and Euromast (in Rotterdam). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam attractions site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.