27 days in Western Europe Itinerary

27 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 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.
Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zaanse Schans and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum Amsterdam, stop by The Jordaan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning website.

Calgary, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in May, Amsterdam is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Leiden.
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Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Leiden, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like World Heritage Kinderdijk and Vermeer Centrum Delft. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nieuwe Kerk and Marekerk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leiden: Markthal (in Rotterdam) and Delft (Old Church, Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Keukenhof, see the interesting displays at Sieboldhuis, admire the masterpieces at Young Rembrandt Studio, and get engrossed in the history at Leiden American Pilgrim Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Leiden online tour planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Leiden in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 7 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Ghent City Center and Graslei and Korenlei will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Groeningemuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Post Plaza, St Michael's Bridge, &more), Zonnebeke (Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery, &more) and Ieper (Ypres) (Sint-Jacobskerk, In Flanders Fields Museum, &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and brush up on your military savvy at Atlantikwall Raversyde.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges attractions planning tool.

Getting from Leiden to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 7 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum Plantin-Moretus and Citadelle (Citadel). Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and OROGEM Jewelers - Verlovingsringen en Trouwringen Antwerpenfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Klapgat (in Mechelen), Bastogne (Bastogne Barracks, Mardasson Memorial, &more) and Antwerp (MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Brussels, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luxembourg City.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vianden Castle and Casemates du Bock. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Chemin de la Corniche and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Luxembourg City: Diekirch (MNHM National Museum of Military History & Eglise St. Laurent), Mullerthal Trail (in Mullerthal) and Beaufort Castles (in Beaufort). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Museum Drai Eechelen, take a stroll through Barrio Grund, and admire the masterpieces at Letzebuerg City Museum.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Luxembourg City trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Luxembourg City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.
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Luxembourg travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.
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