11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  18 h
End: Durham, United States

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then admire the masterpieces at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route planner.

Durham, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in April, with highs in Amsterdam at 56°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
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 24th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini Haute Chocolaterie.

To see reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bruges tour planning app .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Bruges, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary app .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): visit Old Town and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Zurich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Heimwehfluh.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Interlaken sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Maennlichen
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Heimwehfluh ©
Heimwehfluh

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the activities along Canal Grande, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Cannaregio, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, then admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and more tourist information, go to the Venice route planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Venice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Interlaken in April, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 65°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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night
Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno La Rondine, then stroll the grounds of Camposanto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Pisa trip maker.

You can drive from Venice to Pisa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Pisa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Camposanto ©
Camposanto

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