19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

19 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Metz, France
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Metz, France — 5 nights

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Metz: Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (in Rhodes) and Nancy (Hotel de Ville, Place Stanislas, &more). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the activities along Canal de la Moselle, take in the history at Group Fortifications of Aisne, and admire the striking features of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Metz trip itinerary tool.

Nancy to Metz is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a train. In June in Metz, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

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 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), make a trip to Place du Grand Sablon, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at Atomium, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Metz to Brussels takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Antwerp.
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, appreciate the history behind Brabo's Monument, admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antwerp travel route website.

Drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Louvain-la-Neuve.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium — 1 night

Louvain-la-Neuve is a planned city in the municipality of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, situated 30 km southeast of Brussels, in the French-speaking part of the country. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Villers, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Waterloo 1815, then delve into the lush surroundings at Bois de Lauzelle, and finally examine the collection at Herge Museum.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Louvain-la-Neuve trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Antwerp to Louvain-la-Neuve in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Louvain-la-Neuve can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

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 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then browse the exhibits of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges route maker tool.

You can drive from Louvain-la-Neuve to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Graslei and Korenlei, and finally explore the galleries of Gravensteen.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent vacation planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

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 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Jordaan, then walk around Vondelpark, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Ghent to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Leiden.
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Leiden, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, and then snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Hortus botanicus Leiden, don't miss a visit to Markt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, and finally see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Leiden day trip site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Leiden by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route builder site.

Traveling by train from Leiden to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Leiden, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train back home.
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