13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

13 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Rouen, France
— 1 night
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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 2 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and De Duif. Head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and De 9 Straatjesfor some retail therapy. Step out of Amsterdam to go to The Hague and see Louwman Museum The Hague, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue, examine the collection at Micropia, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Amsterdam is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Amsterdam is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Beirut in June: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

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 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip builder website.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ghent City Center and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Gravensteen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)), Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke) and Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei & St Michael's Bridge). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and get engrossed in the history at Torture Museum Oude Steen.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen online holiday builder.

Drive from Bruges to Rouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bayeux, France

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 28th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip builder app.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and then see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip maker site.

Getting from Bayeux to Lyon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, Lyon is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Normandy travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.