31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
6
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and De Duif will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rijksmuseum and Red Light District. Change things up with a short trip to Keukenhof in Lisse (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Amsterdam is 9 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Keukenhof
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Holy Blood and Beguinage (Begijnhof). Step out of Bruges with an excursion to Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, don't miss a visit to The Markt, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal).

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Saint Bavo's Cathedral
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Beguinage (Begijnhof) ©
Beguinage (Begijnhof)
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and Serres Royales De Laeken are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, admire the natural beauty at Castle of Laeken, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Brussels, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Chartres Cathedral and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fondation Claude Monet and Île de la Cité. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and steep yourself in history at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Fondation Claude Monet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Marseille, France

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll through Plage Capelan and then kick back and relax at Plage du Capelan. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bandol, La Calanque de Figuerolles
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
La Calanque de Figuerolles ©
La Calanque de Figuerolles

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Lérins Islands and Palais Lascaris will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Eglise Saint Pierre. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud), Saint-Tropez (Plage des Canebiers & Plage de la Ponche) and Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice itinerary planner.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Plage de Sylvabelle, Saint-Paul de Vence, Eglise, Lérins Islands
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Visit Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Berlin Cathedral and Zoo Berlin. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pergamon Museum, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and make a trip to Reichstag Building.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Berlin online trip planner .

Getting from Nice to Berlin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

4
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Hohenschwangau and Frauenkirche. Visiting Partnachklamm and Zugspitze will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau), Neuschwanstein Castle (in Hohenschwangau) and Linderhof Palace (in Ettal). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Munich online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Hohenschwangau, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Schloss Linderhof
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Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof

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