17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
End: London, United Kingdom


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2
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Corrimony Chambered Cairn and Culloden Battlefield are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Aigas Field Centre and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Glen Affric National Nature Reserve (in Cannich), Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (in Glenmore) and Loch Garten Nature Reserve (in Boat of Garten). There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Inverness attractions planner.

London to Inverness is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London in July, expect Inverness to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aviemore, Culloden Battlefield, Corrimony Chambered Cairn, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Aigas Field Centre
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Aigas Field Centre ©
Aigas Field Centre
Loch Garten Nature Reserve ©
Loch Garten Nature Reserve

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, make a trip to Leidseplein, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Inverness to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Inverness in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Amsterdam: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
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 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Bruges holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges
Belfry of Bruges

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Atomium, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, then admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and finally examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brussels route planning app .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. Family-friendly places like Palatine Hill and Trevi Fountain will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Brussels to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, Rome is a bit warmer than Brussels - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
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.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Bring the kids along to Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Paris Catacombs. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Appreciate the collections at Westminster Abbey and The British Museum. Attractions like Natural History Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Buckingham Palace, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our London trip planning app .

Take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to London is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in London are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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