17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hoogstraten, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


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1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the local landmark of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt attractions planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Frankfurt is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, things will get cooler in Frankfurt: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Goethe House ©
Goethe House
Romer ©
Romer
Holzhausenschlosschen ©
Holzhausenschlosschen

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, walk around Vondelpark, engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoogstraten.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Hoogstraten, Belgium

Hoogstraten ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hoogstraten trip planner .

Drive from Amsterdam to Hoogstraten in 1.5 hours. December in Hoogstraten sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Hoogstraten

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Beguinage ©
Beguinage

3
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.
Step out of Bruges to go to Ghent and see Gravensteen, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Hoogstraten to Bruges in 2 hours. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Gravensteen
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

3
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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels vacation builder site .

Take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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