17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

17 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kassel, Germany
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights

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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Christ Church Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, then step into the grandiose world of Dublin Castle, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dublin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Dublin reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Inverness, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
On the 6th (Thu), deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort George, then examine the collection at The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection), then take in the history at Culloden Battlefield, and finally admire the natural beauty at Cavell Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Battlefield Select Tours, stroll around Ness Islands, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inverness Cathedral, snap pictures at Greig Street Bridge, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Inverness Castle.

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Fly from Dublin to Inverness in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Fort William, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): examine the collection at West Highland Museum, then contemplate the long history of Glenfinnan Viaduct, then stroll through Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail, and finally head outdoors with Vertical Fever - Day Adventures. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ben Nevis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Andrew's Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Rock and An Torr.

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You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit National Wallace Monument and St Giles' Cathedral for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Dean Village and Surgeons' Hall Museums. Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to The Old Town Jail in Stirling, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Holyrood Abbey, make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Greyfriars Kirk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Fort William to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kassel.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kassel, Germany

— 1 night

Capital of the German Fairy Tale Route

Despite suffering total devastation from bombing raids and house-to-house combat during the Second World War, Kassel today has been revitalized as a city of high education, high culture, and the arts.
On the 13th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Krukenburg, explore the historical opulence of Rapunzelturm, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Wilhelmsthal, then admire the sheer force of Steinhofer Wasserfall, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Wilhelmshohe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum and then contemplate the long history of Weinbergbunker Kassel.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kassel trip planner.

You can drive from Edinburgh to Kassel in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Kassel. In August, Kassel is a bit warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Kassel

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, partake in some friendly competition at Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and finally make a trip to Grand Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at MOOF Museum, make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kassel to Brussels in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zaanse Schans and Canals area. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Nieuwe Kerk (in Delft) and Duinreservaat Castricum (in Castricum). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, and explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel route planner.

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

Scotland travel guide

4.4
Castles · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
A land packed with thousands of years of history, Scotland is home to numerous thriving cities and a vibrant population proud of its distinct culture, heritage, and art. The Scottish people are fond of saying "Good things come in small packages," and nowhere is that more true than in their compact homeland. Despite its relatively small size, the country is crammed full of attractions, not the least of which are numerous world-famous golf courses and whiskey distilleries. Though the sun may not always shine here, Scotland is a stunning country renowned for its dramatic scenery of mountains, valleys, hills, green fields, and rugged coastlines, guaranteeing a diverse holiday. While most tourists restrict their itinerary to the historic Highlands, where they search for the mysterious Loch Ness monster, you can also explore the Lowlands’ outstanding natural wonders and flourishing cultural scene.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.