39 days in Europe Itinerary

39 days in Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tehran, Iran
+2
bus + Fly + train:  11​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cologne, Germany
— 16 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Antwerp, Belgium
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Mons, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Tehran, Iran

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 4th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then take a stroll through Place St. Gery, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium. On the next day, head outdoors with Piscine L'Espadon, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and then examine the collection at Beer Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner .

Tehran, Iran to Brussels is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tehran in September; daily highs in Brussels reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

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

2
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.
Visiting Île de la Cité and Seine River will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Le Marais, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the Paris online journey maker .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
On the 9th (Mon), examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, stop by Studio Baxton, then appreciate the history behind Jacques Brel Statue, then view the masterpieces at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, view the masterpieces at La Patinoire Royale, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brussels route planning website .

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in September, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Horta Museum (Musee Horta) ©
Horta Museum (Musee Horta)
Belgian Comic Strip Center ©
Belgian Comic Strip Center

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam journey website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan

1
day
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then grab your bike and head to Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ghent trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Ghent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Ghent sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Ghent

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail ©
Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

16
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mosel Valley and Museum Ludwig. Head to Gasometer Oberhausen and Altstadtfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Cochem (Historische Senfmuehle & Reichsburg Cochem), Dusseldorf (Troedel- und Antikmarkt Aachener Platz & Konigsallee) and Weingut Eduard Kroth (in Briedel). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Kolner Dom, explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildpark, and get outside with Stadionhopper Mark Mauderer.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ghent to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Cologne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Cochem, Bernkastel-Kues, Bonn
Highlights from your plan
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum

5
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Get a sense of the local culture at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Museum De Reede. Shop till you drop at Pierre Marcolini and Koningin Fabiolazaal. Take a break from Antwerp with a short trip to Mechelse Heide in Maasmechelen, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), wander the streets of Meir, stroll around Te Boelaerpark, and pick up some local products at Vreemdelingenmarkt.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Antwerp trip maker app .

You can drive from Cologne to Antwerp in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antwerp are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Mechelse Heide
Highlights from your plan
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

4
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.
Head to The Chocolate Line Bruges and Salvador Dali Exhibitionfor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bruges journey maker site .

Traveling by bus from Antwerp to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Bruges, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mons.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

4
nights
Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Symphorien Military Cemetery and Le Bois du Cazier. Do your shopping at THANKS Galerie and Hotel de ville. Change things up with a short trip to Les Jardins d'Annevoie in Annevoie-Rouillon (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Francois Duesberg Museum, learn about all things military at Mons Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Doudou's Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Mons.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mons online trip maker .

You can drive from Bruges to Mons in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Mons, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mons

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Les Jardins d'Annevoie, Le Bois du Cazier
Highlights from your plan
Mons Memorial Museum ©
Mons Memorial Museum
St Symphorien Military Cemetery ©
St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Le Bois du Cazier ©
Le Bois du Cazier

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