17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
— Few hours
4
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
5
Trier, Germany
— 1 night
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Durham, United States


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4
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda), Verona (Arena di Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, & more) and Museo Egizio (in Turin). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

Durham, USA to Milan is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Milan is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in July, with highs in Milan at 85°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Verona, Museo Egizio, Villa del Balbianello, Gardaland Park
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

5
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Interlaken (Heidi's Photo Chalet & Parasailing & Paragliding), Zurich (Grossmunster, Lake Zurich, & more) and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, see the interesting displays at Sherlock Holmes Museum, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Milan to Lucerne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Milan in July; daily highs in Lucerne reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Vaduz.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Zurich, Interlaken, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Jungfraujoch
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

few
hours
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Vaduz ©
As the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz is the country's financial and economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Liechtenstein Center and then snap pictures at Alte Rheinbrucke.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vaduz trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Vaduz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Heidelberg.
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Liechtenstein Center ©
Liechtenstein Center
Alte Rheinbrucke ©
Alte Rheinbrucke

2
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
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Drive from Vaduz to Heidelberg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Heidelberg are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Altstadt (Old Town) ©
Altstadt (Old Town)
Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg) ©

1
night
Trier, Germany

Trier ©
Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liebfrauenkirche, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, and finally explore the ancient world of Amphitheater.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Trier tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Heidelberg to Trier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites Museums
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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Porta Nigra ©
Porta Nigra

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 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then admire the striking features of Stadhuis, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally appreciate the history behind Oude Griffie.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Bruges online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Trier to Bruges in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Trier, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bruges, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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 25th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and then examine the collection at Atomium.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planner .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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