Trip to Europe in December 18...Itinerary help!!

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1. Posted by varsh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

HI, we are a family of 3 (2 Adults, 1 teen) and are planning a 16 day trip to Europe for Christmas and New year. We will be flying in and out of Paris (from Australia) and want to cover the following:

London, Italy, Munich (Christmas Markets), Amsterdam and back to Paris for new years.

My concerns are:

- Covering 5 cities in 16 days, is it doable?

- Which is the best place to spend christmas and new years in?

- Can anyone suggest a good itinerary, my thoughts are as below:

Fly from Paris to London on 17th Dec , 3 nights in London,

Fly from London to Amsterdam, 1 night in Amsterdam,

Fly from Amsterdam to Munich, day trips from Munich to Christmas markets,

From Munich to Italy and back to Paris for New years.

Any advice or feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 666 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

That is a lot in only 16 day and doesn't appear to allow for any jet-lag.
Personally I'd drop at least one of those visits.... probably 2 of them.
If I were in your shoes then London, Paris and Munich would be enough for me.
Both London and Paris could take all 16 days each, so you'll leave knowing that you've not seen everything.
I much prefer London to Paris, but London is always expensive, whereas Paris can be done on a much more reasonable budget (still not cheap, but less eye-wateringly expensive compared to London).
Munich gets quite quiet over Christmas itself but has a lively new years eve (but it'll be very cold, whereas Paris and London could be very cold, but not guaranteed).
Having said that, many other cities in Germany have great Christmas markets, Like Cologne.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1386 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

When you say "Italy" do you mean a particular city? Sounds a hurried trip so far.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1127 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Five cities in 16 days is doable; but likely will leave you exhausted.

Suggest flying from Paris to Munich or elsewhere in Germany to take in the Christmas markets. See this link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/germany/articles/Germany-Christmas-markets-gifts-gingerbread-and-Gluhwein/

Then fly to Rome; and from there fly to London. Take the train back to Paris from London.

Please note that many businesses and attractions will be closed around Christmas Day. For example the Vatican Museums will be closed Dec. 25 and 26. The British Museum will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26. The Louvre Museum will be shut Dec. 25. All three also will close on New Year's Day. It's wise to determine in advance what's likely to be open or closed during your visit.

Rome is beautiful around Christmastime. I usually stay in a bed & breakfast near the Vatican that's also close to public transportation.

Paris, Rome and London are among my favorite cities. Suggest at least four days in each.

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 835 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

That is a lot in only 16 day and doesn't appear to allow for any jet-lag.
Personally I'd drop at least one of those visits.... probably 2 of them.
If I were in your shoes then London, Paris and Munich would be enough for me.
Both London and Paris could take all 16 days each, so you'll leave knowing that you've not seen everything.
I much prefer London to Paris, but London is always expensive, whereas Paris can be done on a much more reasonable budget (still not cheap, but less eye-wateringly expensive compared to London).
Munich gets quite quiet over Christmas itself but has a lively new years eve (but it'll be very cold, whereas Paris and London could be very cold, but not guaranteed).
Having said that, many other cities in Germany have great Christmas markets, Like Cologne.

I would agree that three places is ample for a 16 day visit. And I see no point in visiting Amsterdam for just the one night, as you propose - you'd have only a few hours there which doesn't seem (to me) to justify the travel costs and time spent. London is very quiet on Christmas Day itself (very much a family day) and there's little or no public transport, but the days either side are a bit livelier and there's plenty going on in the run-up to the holiday - including German markets, though not on the scale of some German towns! The biggest seasonal attraction is the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/) which pulls in the crowds, though I've never been - so this isn't a recommendation! Like other attractions in London, though, it's closed on Christmas Day itself. Also popular are traditional pantomimes and skating at some of the city's iconic landmarks - Somerset House is lovely, and last year there was a rink by the Tower of London.

London sightseeing doesn't have to be expensive, btw, although accommodation is. Museums are free, and despite the winter weather walks in the parks or by the river are popular (we often walk along the South Bank on Boxing Day, the 26th). And of course you can see all the famous buildings from outside for free ;)

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 666 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

London sightseeing doesn't have to be expensive, btw, although accommodation is.

It's true that there are plenty of free things to do and you can live on fast food for a few days, but to really 'Do' London isn't cheap.
The Tower of London is one of the 'must do' places (to be able to say you've done London) and isn't horribly expensive, but it's still over £25 each (I believe).
There are loads of those places which are London, but as you say, with only a week or so then you could probably do it a bit cheaper and miss some of them.
But you won't be able to say you've really done the place.