12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
3
Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
4
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights

3
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.
On the 10th (Wed), make a trip to Louvre Museum and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Paris is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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 12th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Brussels online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

1
night
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady, stroll the grounds of Netherlands American Cemetery, then Head underground at Maastricht Underground, then make a trip to Vrijthof, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galerie MOA.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Maastricht driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Maastricht

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Netherlands American Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Maastricht Underground ©
Maastricht Underground
Netherlands American Cemetery ©
Netherlands American Cemetery
Basilica of Our Lady ©
Basilica of Our Lady

1
night
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
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.
On the 15th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Madurodam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, then browse the exhibits of Panorama Mesdag, and finally view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rotterdam road trip site.

You can drive from Maastricht to Rotterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Nieuwe Kerk
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Madurodam ©
Madurodam
museum Beelden aan Zee ©
museum Beelden aan Zee

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rijksmuseum and Museum Van Loon. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, explore the world behind art at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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