12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Lens, France
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Lille, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Mon), wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then put a fun spin on your tour with ClueZ Paris.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip planning tool.

Doha, Qatar to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Paris due to the time zone difference. In April, Paris is cooler than Doha - with highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lens.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Lens, France

Lens is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lens trip builder website.

Getting from Paris to Lens by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Lens, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Lille.

Things to do in Lens

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Koezio, see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, then shop like a local with Vieux-Lille, and finally make a trip to Grande Place.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lille trip planner.

Getting from Lens to Lille by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Lille

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Brussels, Belgium

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and then make a trip to Grand Place.

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You can drive from Lille to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lille in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Ghent, Belgium

— 1 night
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.
On the 10th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and then get your game on at BeVirtual.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ghent travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Ghent sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

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 11th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and finally look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Burg Square, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges travel planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Bruges in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Antwerp, Belgium

— 1 night
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 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Antwerp online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, then buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, then snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Euromast.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Rotterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping

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.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), then explore the world behind art at De Nieuwe Kerk, then have some family-friendly fun at Museumphoto, and finally test your team's savvy at Mystery City Games. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, and then get outside with Hotel Scooters.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games