13 days in Belgium, United Kingdom & Frankfurt Itinerary

13 days in Belgium, United Kingdom & Frankfurt Itinerary

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13 days in Belgium, United Kingdom & Frankfurt Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Leuven, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  6​h
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
End: Aberdeen, United Kingdom

3
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankfurt: Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town) & Schloss Heidelberg) and Wurzburg (Würzburg Residence, Fortress Marienberg, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, snap pictures at Iron Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, and contemplate the long history of Goethe House.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Frankfurt holiday planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Heidelberg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg

2
nights
Leuven, Belgium

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Groot Begijnhof, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, make a trip to Old Market Square, then pause for some photo ops at Vallend paard, and finally admire the landmark architecture of University Library & Bell Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Leuven holiday builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Leuven takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in June, expect nights in Leuven to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites Parks
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Groot Begijnhof ©
Groot Begijnhof
Botanical Garden Kruidtuin ©
Botanical Garden Kruidtuin
Old Market Square ©
Old Market Square

2
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Ghent to see Gravensteen about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Bruges travel route builder .

You can take a train from Leuven to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): step aboard Royal Yacht Britannia, take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat, then sample the fine beverages at The Scotch Whisky Experience, and finally explore the historical opulence of Edinburgh Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bruges to Edinburgh in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bruges to Edinburgh. In June, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia
Arthur's Seat ©
Arthur's Seat
The Scotch Whisky Experience ©
The Scotch Whisky Experience

3
nights
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Aberdeen ©
The powerhouse of the northeast, Aberdeen is a prosperous urban center fueled by a thriving petroleum industry.
Explore Aberdeen's surroundings by going to Dunnottar Castle (in Stonehaven), Glenfiddich Distillery (in Dufftown) and Glamis Castle (in Glamis). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Johnston Gardens, take in the views from Wellington Suspension Bridge, and take a stroll through Footdee (Fittie).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aberdeen trip planner .

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Balmoral Castle, Glamis Castle, Glenfiddich Distillery, Dunnottar Castle
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Dunnottar Castle ©
Dunnottar Castle
Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle
Aberdeen Maritime Museum ©
Aberdeen Maritime Museum