15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Giverny, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Etretat, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and National Museum of Natural History. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Army Museum and Latin Quarter. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planning app.

Metzingen, Germany to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Giverny, France

— 2 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, and then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, examine the collection at Maison de Claude Monet a Vetheuil, and then examine the collection at Le Musee de l'Outil.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Giverny journey planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Giverny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Giverny can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Artichaut, make a trip to Tour de L'Arcade, make a trip to Tour Gabriel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Grand Degre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder tool.

You can fly from Giverny to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, then witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Bayeux sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Etretat, France

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 31st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, then take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Les Plages Etretat.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Etretat holiday maker site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Bayeux in August, plan for slightly colder days in Etretat, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then explore the world behind art at Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique), and finally examine the collection at Musee des Antiquites.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rouen trip planner.

Drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gravensteen and Bruges Art Route. Museum-lovers will get to explore Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Kraanlei & Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, and admire the landmark architecture of Brugge Sint Jacobskerk.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges online trip builder.

You can drive from Rouen to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maria Himmelfahrt, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ursula.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne holiday planning tool.

Getting from Bruges to Cologne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Cologne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.