11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Houston, United States


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1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
You've added Les Trois Glands, Musee d'Histoire de la Ville, Barrio Grund, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Barrio Grund, contemplate the long history of Les Trois Glands, take in the views from Viaduc (Passerelle), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sacre Coeur, then get a sense of history and politics at Cite Judiciaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de la Ville. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), explore the world behind art at Mudam Luxembourg Modern Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Michel's Church, then don't miss a visit to Place Guillaume II, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Alphonse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luxembourg City journey maker website .

Houston, USA to Luxembourg City is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. While traveling from Houston, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Luxembourg City, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

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Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche
Casemates du Bock ©
Casemates du Bock

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Louvre Museum as well as Jardin des Tuileries. Popular historic sites such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Luxembourg City to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Paris sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Paris

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Ursula as well as Historic Old Town. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Maria in der Kupfergasse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ursula, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria Himmelfahrt, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), and finally don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Historic Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, then examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Paris to Cologne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

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St. Maria Himmelfahrt ©
St. Maria Himmelfahrt
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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.
On the 18th (Thu), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, make a trip to Grand Place, then wander the streets of Lower Town, then don't miss a visit to Atomium, and finally take a stroll through Commune Libre de l'Ilot Sacre. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Beguinage, take a stroll through Place St. Gery, explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, then get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei, and finally steep yourself in history at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Antwerp
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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