16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Liege, Belgium
— 1 night
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker app.

Doha, Qatar to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Paris, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in December, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

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Lille, France

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, make a trip to Grande Place, then examine the collection at Musee Hospice Comtesse, and finally take a stroll through Vieux-Lille.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille travel planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Lille in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Lille, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then examine the collection at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip maker.

Getting from Lille to Bruges by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brussels online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to The Hague.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the The Hague driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to The Hague in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in The Hague sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from The Hague to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Giethoorn, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at De Oude Aarde and then take in nature's colorful creations at De Orchideeen Hoeve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Giethoorn day trip planning app.

Getting from Amsterdam to Giethoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Giethoorn sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arnhem.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Arnhem, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Little Hague of the East

Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II. The operation was significant enough to be the subject of a movie, "A Bridge Too Far." Many who go to Arnhem do so for its historical museums, war monuments, museum of modern art, and the Burgers' zoo.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Arnhem trip planner.

Traveling by car from Giethoorn to Arnhem takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Arnhem sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Liege.

Things to do in Arnhem

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Liege, Belgium

— 1 night

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take a stroll through Vinave d'Ile.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Liege online holiday planner.

Drive from Arnhem to Liege in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. In December in Liege, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Liege

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

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.
On the 28th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Court of Justice of the European Union.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Liege to Luxembourg City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Reims.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

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Reims, France

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Reims trip planner.

Drive from Luxembourg City to Reims in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Reims, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Reims to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

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