16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Manchester, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4
nights
Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester
Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Whitworth Art Gallery as well as The John Rylands Library. Change things up with these side-trips from Manchester: Alton Towers (in Alton) and York (York Minster, York Shambles, & more).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manchester road trip planning site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Manchester is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Manchester due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July; daily highs in Manchester reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Manchester

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

York, Alton Towers Theme Park
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Alton Towers Theme Park
Alton Towers Theme Park
The John Rylands Library ©
The John Rylands Library
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the striking features of Schloss Augustusburg, have some family-friendly fun at Playpaintball Jungle, and then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Melaten-Friedhof, then explore and take pictures at RheinEnergieStadion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cologne Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planning site .

You can fly from Manchester to Cologne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Cologne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cologne, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Playpaintball Jungle, Schloss Augustusburg
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Schloss Augustusburg ©
Schloss Augustusburg
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Jordaan and Zaanse Schans. Step out of Amsterdam to go to Kaatsheuvel and see Efteling, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, stroll through Vondelpark, and take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam vacation planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Efteling
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Natural Sciences, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

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Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Museum of Natural Sciences ©
Museum of Natural Sciences
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Room Escape Games

1
night
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 4th (Sat): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then make a trip to The Markt, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bruges Art Route.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Trails Historic Sites
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Bruges Art Route ©
Bruges Art Route
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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