19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Albert Cuyp Market or De 9 Straatjes. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort), Haarlem (Grote Markt & Cathedral of Saint Bavo) and Noordhollands Duinreservaat (in Bergen aan Zee). Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, examine the collection at De Nieuwe Kerk, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Amsterdam is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Amsterdam is 7 hours. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect Amsterdam to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Appenzeller Schaukasereifor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Peakdivers (in Bunzen), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Schaffhausen (Munsterkirche & Munot). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mauritius Church, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, browse the exhibits of Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Parrochiale di San Martino, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Ebenrain, contemplate the long history of Augusta Raurica, explore the historical opulence of Hallwyl Castle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip maker tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Luxembourg City.
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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 5th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then steep yourself in history at Casemates du Bock, then take a stroll through Barrio Grund, and finally don't miss a visit to William Square. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Altstadt Vianden., explore the historical opulence of Vianden Castle, learn about all things military at MNHM National Museum of Military History, explore the ancient world of Bourscheid Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Grand Ducal Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of Fort Thungen.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City online holiday planner.

You can fly from Lucerne to Luxembourg City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 4 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Chocolate Line Bruges and Be O. Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, Stadhuis, &more) and Provincial Domain Bulskampveld (in Beernem). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ghent trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Ghent takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Maison d'Erasme, get engrossed in the history at Porte de Hal, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Beguinage, then don't miss a visit to Atomium, and finally take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Brussels are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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