11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and finally contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque del Retiro, then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid itinerary planner.

Lima, Peru to Madrid is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Lima in April, expect Madrid to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 day

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 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Atomium, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then make a trip to Grand Place, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner.

Getting from Madrid to Brussels by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, Brussels is slightly colder than Madrid - with highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, see the interesting displays at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and finally stop by Chocolatier Van Oost. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bruges day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Bruges sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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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.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Keukenhof (in Lisse) and Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Westerkerk, visit The Jordaan, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planning app.

Drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotterdam.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church, then shop like a local with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Euromast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Markt and then find something for the whole family at Madurodam.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rotterdam visit planning app.

Drive from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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