13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Fly:  16​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

1
night
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Schonbrunn Palace and then meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, then explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and then see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

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

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Vienna is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Dar es Salaam to Vienna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dar es Salaam in April: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 19°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Imperial Palace (Hofburg) ©
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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 1st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then take a stroll through The Jordaan, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Vienna in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

2
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 3rd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at De Halve Maan Brewery, and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bruges day trip site .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

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

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and then see the interesting displays at Atomium. On your second day here, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), don't miss a visit to Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brussels day trip planning website .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Brussels are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 9th (Thu), head outdoors with Sonnenberg and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Lucerne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Sonnenberg ©
Sonnenberg
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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