23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly:  6​h
1
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Volendam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
7
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
8
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h
9
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Izmir, Turkey

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neptunbad and Gross St. Martin. Cologne Cathedral and Shrine of the Three Kings will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Praetorium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria im Kapitol, explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Andreas Kirche.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cologne driving holiday planner .

Izmir, Turkey to Cologne is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Izmir to Cologne is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cologne when traveling from Izmir in November, with lows around 4°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Praetorium ©
Praetorium
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
St. Ursula ©
St. Ursula

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
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 World Heritage Kinderdijk. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Canals area (in Utrecht) and Panorama Mesdag (in The Hague). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take in the exciting artwork at Renssen Art Gallery, explore the activities along Herengracht, and make a trip to The Amstel.

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You can drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Canals area, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Panorama Mesdag
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Canals area ©
Canals area

2
nights
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Popular historic sites such as Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Vieille Ville de Turckheim are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Little Venice and Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu. When in Colmar, make a side trip to see Musee Memorial du Vieil Armand in Wattwiller, approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, steep yourself in history at Les Fortifications de Neuf-Brisach, make a trip to Salle du Corps de Garde, and look for gifts at Maison Adolph.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colmar attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Colmar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Volendam.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Vieille Ville de Turckheim, Musee Memorial du Vieil Armand, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Les Fortifications de Neuf-Brisach
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden

1
night
Volendam, The Netherlands

Volendam ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): snap pictures at Kwakelbrug, make a trip to Wooden Shoe Factory, then examine the collection at Mondial Museum, and finally stop by Cheese Factory Volendam.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Volendam planner .

Explore your travel options from Colmar to Volendam with the Route module. In November, daytime highs in Volendam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Volendam

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kwakelbrug
Highlights from your plan
Mondial Museum ©
Mondial Museum
Cheese Factory Volendam ©
Cheese Factory Volendam
Wooden Shoe Factory ©
Wooden Shoe Factory

2
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take a stroll through La Petite France, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then look for gifts at La Cure Gourmande, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, admire the landmark architecture of La Neustadt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Saint Peter's Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Volendam to Strasbourg. Traveling from Volendam in December, Strasbourg is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Domaine Albert Seltz
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Albert Seltz ©
Domaine Albert Seltz
Alsatian Museum ©
Alsatian Museum
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©

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): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Villers, then examine the collection at Train World, and finally see the interesting displays at MOOF Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Brussels in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Abbaye de Villers
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kraanlei, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gravensteen.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ghent trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Brussels to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Ghent sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica of the Holy Blood and Langemark Cemetery are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Centre of Brugge and Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Saint Martin's Cathedral (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (in Zonnebeke). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, make a trip to St Bonifacius Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges online tour itinerary planner .

Bruges is just a short distance from Ghent. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Martin's Cathedral, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Langemark Cemetery, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

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You can drive from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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