24 days in Western Europe Itinerary

24 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at World Heritage Kinderdijk and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: The Hague (Panorama Mesdag & Louwman Museum The Hague). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, admire the striking features of Portuguese Synagogue, and steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Amsterdam. Traveling from Ottawa in June, you will find days in Amsterdam are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, World Heritage Kinderdijk
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

2
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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, contemplate the long history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at The Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Rozenhoedkaai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Huis Boechoute, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, then take in the history at Battle of Polygon Wood, and finally take in the history at Zandvoorde British Cemetery.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges day trip planning website .

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Zonnebeke, Zandvoorde British Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges ©
Church of Our Lady Bruges

1
night
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 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brussels trip planner.

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Brussels sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Visit Buckingham Palace and HMS Belfast for their historical value. Explore London's surroundings by going to Oxford (Christ Church Cathedral & Pitt Rivers Museum), Battle Abbey and Battlefield (in Battle) and Bodiam Castle (in Bodiam). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, explore the world behind art at Sir John Soane's Museum, take an in-depth tour of British Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our London online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to London. June in London sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oxford, Bodiam Castle, Bateman's, Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey
Bodiam Castle ©
Bodiam Castle
Battle Abbey and Battlefield ©
Battle Abbey and Battlefield

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Army Museum and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens), Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris route planner .

Take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Highlights from your plan
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Zoological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Einsiedeln, then steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Rapperswil.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zurich using our trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rapperswil, Kloster Einsiedeln
Highlights from your plan
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Schloss Rapperswil ©
Schloss Rapperswil

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gornergrat and Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and 5-Seenweg. Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Sion (Valere Basilica & Chateau de Tourbillon). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, steep yourself in history at Bergfuhrerdenkmal, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online tour planner .

Getting from Zurich to Zermatt by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sion, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Highlights from your plan
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda

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