20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and Kilkenny Castle. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Jerpoint Abbey (in Thomastown) and Kilkenny (Black Abbey & St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

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Washington, USA to Dublin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington in May; daily highs in Dublin reach 59°F and lows reach 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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London, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Get a sense of the local culture at The British Museum and National Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower Bridge, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

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Fly from Dublin to London in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May in London, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium

— 6 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Stadhuis, Belfry of Bruges, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, explore the world behind art at Van Buuren Museum, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

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Traveling by train from London to Brussels takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Delft (Maria van Jessekerk & Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles) and Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Grote Markt, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and admire all the interesting features of De Nieuwe Kerk.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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