27 days in Western Europe Itinerary

27 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Katwijk
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Katwijk, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colmar, France
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles, France
— 1 day
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Katwijk, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
You'll explore and learn at Het Spinozahuis and Museum Voorlinden. Escape the urban bustle at Beach Wassenaarseslag and Duinreservaat Meijendel-Kievietsduin.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Katwijk attractions planning app.

Perth, Australia to Katwijk is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Perth to Katwijk. Traveling from Perth in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Katwijk, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Katwijk

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

Plan my day in Amsterdam using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Katwijk to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 2 nights

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Vianden Castle, then explore the ancient world of Beaufort Castles, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the venue of Neimenster, then see the interesting displays at The Family of Man, then explore the ancient world of Bourscheid Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxembourg City trip planning tool.

Getting from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Luxembourg City sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Colmar, France

Little Venice

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Kaysersberg, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Turckheim.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colmar road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Colmar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): Head underground at Grottes de Vallorbe, see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and then see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Chateau de Nyon, then learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and then view the masterpieces at Fondation de l'Hermitage.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner.

Drive from Colmar to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, and then see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Annecy online attractions planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Annecy sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 21st (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Old Harbor (La Darse), then steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and finally step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Castel Plage, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, then stop by Vieille Ville, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Nice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Annecy in August, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Arles, France

— 1 day

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Arles trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in August, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Arles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Arles

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 24th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, unwind over a drink at The Wine Buff, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue, then learn about winemaking at Cloitre des Cordeliers, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Arles to Bordeaux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arles in August: high temperatures in Bordeaux hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Malo, France

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 26th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin de Ronde, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pointe du Decolle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Bon-Secours.

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

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Saint-Malo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saint-Malo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 27th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), see the interesting displays at Kazerne Dossin, and then sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Meetjeslandse Kreken, then take a stroll through Patershol, and then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in August: highs in Brussels hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

On the 31st (Sat), kick back and relax at Jagersplas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, kick back and relax at Het Strand van IJmuiden aan Zee, and then identify plant and animal life at Hertenkamp Bloemendaal.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip builder website.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.

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.