8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

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 22nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Edmonton to Amsterdam, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

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

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems fromĀ its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary site .

Take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip site .

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Paris

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

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Milan route builder tool .

Fly from Paris to Milan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio ©
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

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