17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Caen, France
— 1 day
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Herengracht and The Jordaan. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Micropia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the engaging exhibits at Museum Speelklok, admire the landmark architecture of Rietveld Schroder House, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanic Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jan VI van Nassau-Dillenburg (Jan de Oude). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museum Catharijneconvent, then examine the collection at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), then stroll around Wilhelminapark, and finally make a trip to Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Utrecht trip builder site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Utrecht by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc du Cinquantenaire and Fondation Folon. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Chateau de la Hulpe (in La Hulpe) and Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brussels trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Utrecht to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, take in the waterfront at Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church), then hike along Bruges Art Route, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint George's Memorial Church, don't miss a visit to Market Square, then stroll the grounds of Ramparts Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at Saint Julien Memorial, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Langemark Cemetery.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bruges trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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Caen, France

— 1 day

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): indulge your senses at La Compagnie des Terroirs, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Caen trip planner.

Drive from Bruges to Caen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Caen

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Paris, France

— 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Place des Vosges and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris travel planner.

You can drive from Caen to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

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Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.