11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Drive:  1​h
1
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Bonn, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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night
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, then buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, then snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Euromast.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rotterdam holiday planner .

Amsterdam to Rotterdam is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Dordrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping
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Markthal ©
Markthal
Euromast ©
Euromast
Erasmus Bridge ©
Erasmus Bridge

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night
Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Dordrecht ©
Dordrecht, colloquially Dordt, historically in English named Dort, is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland. On the 25th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Kinderdijk, examine the collection at Museum 1940-1945, then see the interesting displays at Huis Van Gijn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk, and finally admire the striking features of Groothoofdspoort.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dordrecht online road trip planner .

Dordrecht is just a short distance from Rotterdam. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Dordrecht

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

World Heritage Kinderdijk
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World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Huis Van Gijn ©
Huis Van Gijn
Groothoofdspoort ©
Groothoofdspoort

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nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Oude Griffie.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dordrecht to Bruges in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Luxembourg City: Mullerthal Trail (in Mullerthal) and Chateau de Vianden (in Vianden). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, steep yourself in history at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), stroll through Mudam Luxembourg Modern Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Place Guillaume II.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Luxembourg City using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Luxembourg City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bruges in December: highs in Luxembourg City hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bonn.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mullerthal Trail, Chateau de Vianden
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Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche
Mullerthal Trail ©
Mullerthal Trail
Chateau de Vianden ©
Chateau de Vianden

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nights
Bonn, Germany

Bonn ©
The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Beethoven-Haus Bonn, then get in on the family fun at Phantasialand, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bonner Munster.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bonn trip planner .

Getting from Luxembourg City to Bonn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Bonn are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bonn

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koblenz, Phantasialand
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Deutsches Eck (German Corner) ©
Deutsches Eck (German Corner)
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress ©
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam tour website .

Traveling by car from Bonn to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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