18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

18 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) (in The Hague), museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen) and Delft (Old Church & Museum Prinsenhof Delft). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, snap pictures at Magere Brug, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Denver, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Amsterdam, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

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Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), then sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, then make a trip to Beguinage, and finally examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antwerp trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Antwerp in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 16th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, then make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Konigsallee, then look for gifts at Altstadt, and then take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cologne online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Antwerp to Cologne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Cologne

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Ghent, Belgium

— 2 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, make a trip to The Markt, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Ghent trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Cologne to Ghent by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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Paris, France

— 7 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planner.

You can take a train from Ghent to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. November in Paris sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

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