15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Maputo, Mozambique
Fly:  21​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Echternach, Luxembourg
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Maputo, Mozambique

7
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 out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette) and Antwerpen-Centraal (in Antwerp). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Atomium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brussels trip planner.

Maputo, Mozambique to Brussels is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Maputo to Brussels is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Maputo in July, you will find days in Brussels are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pairi Daiza, Antwerpen-Centraal
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Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels ©
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Ghent (Ghent City Center, Gravensteen, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Markt, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ghent, Menin Gate Memorial
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Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 10th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, then walk around Vondelpark, and finally get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip website .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August in Cologne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will leave for Echternach on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Cologne

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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1
day
Echternach, Luxembourg

Echternach ©
Echternach is a commune with town status in the canton of Echternach, which is part of the district of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg. On the 12th (Mon), trek along Mullerthal Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre et Paul, then don't miss a visit to Abbey of Echternach, and finally learn about all things military at MNHM Musee National d'Histoire Militaire.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Echternach trip planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Echternach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Echternach are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Echternach

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mullerthal Trail, MNHM Musee National d'Histoire Militaire
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Mullerthal Trail ©
Mullerthal Trail
Abbey of Echternach ©
Abbey of Echternach

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