11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  4​h
2
Rouen, France
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
On the 12th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Somerset House, examine the collection at The London Film Museum - Covent Garden, examine the collection at Charles Dickens Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Southwark Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Westminster Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Saatchi Gallery. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Ightham Mote, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rochester Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Rochester Castle, and finally examine the collection at Museum of London Docklands.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our London itinerary planning app .

New York City, USA to London is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In April, London is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rochester, Ightham Mote
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Somerset House ©
Somerset House
Rochester Cathedral ©
Rochester Cathedral
Rochester Castle ©
Rochester Castle

1
night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Monumental, take an in-depth tour of Musee Maison Pierre Corneille, then steep yourself in history at Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, then examine the collection at Musee des Antiquites, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rouen trip builder website .

Traveling by car from London to Rouen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Rouen are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours
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Cimetiere Monumental ©
Cimetiere Monumental
Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours ©
Musee des Antiquites ©
Musee des Antiquites

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.
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Chateau of Vincennes, see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains, examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, then stroll through Luxembourg Palace, then examine the collection at Musée du Parfum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, then see where the action happens at Philippe-Chatrier Court, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner .

You can take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. April in Paris sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateau of Vincennes, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
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Musee des Arts Forains ©
Musee des Arts Forains
Chateau of Vincennes ©
Chateau of Vincennes
Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups ©
Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carolus Borromeus Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Art & History Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Mima. On the next day, take a stroll through Place St. Gery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Poelaert, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Gilles, then admire the masterpieces at Van Buuren Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels, and finally admire the striking features of La Bourse de Bruxelles.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brussels vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Carolus Borromeus Church
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Art & History Museum ©
Art & History Museum
Eglise Saint Gilles ©
Eglise Saint Gilles
Mima ©
Mima

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Singer Laren Museum, Theatre and Sculpture Garden, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), and then kick back and relax at Strand Egmond aan Zee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam, see the interesting displays at The Cat Cabinet, examine the collection at Torture Museum, then see the interesting displays at Amsterdam Tulip Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Holocaust Museum in development, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Prostitution - Red Light Secrets.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Strand Egmond aan Zee, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), Singer Laren Museum, Theatre and Sculpture Garden
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Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Zunfthaus zur Meisen, examine the collection at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, then wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal, then wander the streets of Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, and finally head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning app .

You can fly from Amsterdam to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Schanzengraben Canal ©
Schanzengraben Canal
Zunfthaus zur Meisen ©
Zunfthaus zur Meisen
Wasserkirche ©
Wasserkirche

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