15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Zaandam
Zaandam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Zaandam, The Netherlands — 7 nights

Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zaanse Schans and Duinreservaat Castricum. You'll explore and learn at Zaans Museum and Museumwinkel Albert Heijn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zaandam: Strand van Castricum (in Castricum) and Alkmaar (Alkmaar cheese market & Het Beatles Museum). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum van het Nederlandse Uurwerk, see the interesting displays at The Tsar Peter House, admire the landmark architecture of Windmillamsterdam, and admire the masterpieces at Streets of the World Photo Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zaandam vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to Zaandam is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Zaandam. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toronto in August, with highs in Zaandam at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rijksmuseum and Micropia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Portuguese Synagogue. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Jordaan, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, see the interesting displays at Body Worlds, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam is just a stone's throw from Zaandam. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 day

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paris Plage and Île de la Cité. Let the collections at Petit Palais and Atelier des Lumieres capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, pause for some photo ops at Pantheon, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker site.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Belgium travel guide

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.