12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

12 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Caen, France
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Honfleur, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights

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Rouen, France — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You've now added Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge and then don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen route planning website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport and Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport. August in Rouen sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Caen.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Caen, France

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Caen online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Caen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You will leave for Bayeux on the 29th (Mon).
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Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You've now added Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, indulge your senses at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and finally see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planner.

Bayeux is just a stone's throw from Caen. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur, France — 2 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saint Catherine's Catholic Church as well as Vieux Bassin. On the 31st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and then make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Honfleur travel route planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planning website.

Drive from Honfleur to Bruges in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire, admire the masterpieces at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F.
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