31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Ostend, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Calais, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Boston, United States

1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum Drai Eechelen and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Vianden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Chateau de Berg, learn about all things military at MNHM Musee National d'Histoire Militaire, explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City trip builder tool .

Boston, USA to Luxembourg City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Luxembourg City. In May in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ostend.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

MNHM Musee National d'Histoire Militaire, Chateau de Berg, Chateau de Vianden
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Chateau de Vianden ©
Chateau de Vianden

5
nights
Ostend, Belgium

Ostend ©
Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Atlantic Wall Museum and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tyne Cot Cemetery and Lange Max Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Ostend side-trips: Poelkapelle (Poelcapelle British Cemetery & Tank Memorial Ypres Salient - Poelkapelle), Zillebeke (Chester Farm Cemetery, The Bluff Crater, & more) and Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Halve Maan, examine the collection at Fransmansmuseum, and take in the history at Begraafplaats Stuiverstraat.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ostend trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Ostend takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Ostend

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Poelkapelle, Zonnebeke, Koekelare, Yorkshire Trench and Dug Out
Find places to stay May 3 — 8:
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Atlantic Wall Museum ©
Atlantic Wall Museum
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
In Flanders Fields Museum ©
In Flanders Fields Museum

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bastogne War Museum and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Step off the beaten path and head to The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Chateau de Bouillon. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Groeningemuseum, St. Elisabeth Church, & more), Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)) and history44 Museum (in La Roche-en-Ardenne). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Jean-Baptiste eglise, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Waterloo 1815, and steep yourself in history at Citadelle (Citadel).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip builder app .

Drive from Ostend to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Brussels sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Calais.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bruges, Bastogne, Ghent, Saint Jean-Baptiste eglise, Citadelle (Citadel)
Find places to stay May 8 — 14:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon

6
nights
Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Let the collections at La Coupole and Chateau d'Hardelot capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cap Blanc-Nez and Le Touquet Beach. Explore Calais' surroundings by going to Blockhaus d'Eperlecques (in Eperlecques), Centre Historique Medieval - Azincourt (in Azincourt) and Chapelle Saint-Nicolas de l'hotel-Dieu (in Montreuil-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc du Marquenterre, get engrossed in the history at Musee 39-45, look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at La chapelle des marins.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Calais travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Brussels to Calais takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. May in Calais sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Calais

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Etaples Military Cemetery, Parc du Marquenterre, Eglise Saint-Martin, Centre Historique Medieval - Azincourt, Maison de la Baie de Somme
Find places to stay May 14 — 20:
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Cap Blanc-Nez ©
Cap Blanc-Nez
La Coupole ©
La Coupole
Etaples Military Cemetery ©
Etaples Military Cemetery

5
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gravensteen and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grote Markt and Museum Plantin-Moretus. Explore Antwerp's surroundings by going to Fort Van Duffel (in Duffel), Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, St Michael's Bridge, & more) and Kasteel de Borrekens (in Vorselaar). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Red Star Line Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, steep yourself in history at De Grotten van Kanne, and admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal.

Before you visit Antwerp, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Calais to Antwerp in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Gilliot & Roelants Tegelmuseum, Fort Van Duffel, Kasteel de Borrekens, Fort Eben-Emael
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

6
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Zaanse Schans. Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk) and Delft (Maria Van Jesse Church & Old Church). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, take an in-depth tour of De Nieuwe Kerk, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Antwerp to Amsterdam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haarlem, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Old Church, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Zaanse Schans
Find places to stay May 25 — 31:
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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