11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Dunkirk, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Dover, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 2nd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens Flora. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin, don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, then see the interesting displays at NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, and finally see the interesting displays at Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne day trip planner.

London, UK to Cologne is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Cologne. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels, then admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): walk around Bois de la Cambre, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Cologne to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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 6th (Fri), admire the striking features of Stadhuis, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

— 1 night

Wipers

Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
On the 7th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery, learn about all things military at Hooge Crater Museum, then take in the history at Hill 60, then stroll the grounds of Ramparts Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Market Square.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ieper (Ypres) trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ieper (Ypres) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Ieper (Ypres) sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Dunkirk, France

— 1 night
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Éloi Church, make a trip to Belfry of Dunkirk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Malo-les-Bains, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo, then explore the engaging exhibits at Musee Portuaire, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Sculptures.

Plan a Dunkirk trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ieper (Ypres) to Dunkirk in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Dunkirk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Dover.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Dover, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Crypt of St. Leonard, appreciate the history behind Battle of Britain Memorial, then surround yourself with nature on Dover Sea Safari, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St Margaret-at-Cliffe. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kent Battle of Britain Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dymchurch Beach, and then kick back and relax at Camber Sands.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dover road trip planning website.

Drive from Dunkirk to Dover in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colchester.

Things to do in Dover

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Colchester, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Colchester is an historic market town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in the county of Essex.At the time of the census in 2011, it had a population of 121,859, marking a considerable rise from the previous census and with considerable development since 2001 and ongoing building plans; it has been named as one of Britain's fastest growing towns. On the 11th (Wed), stroll around Castle Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Clacton-on-Sea Beach, and then kick back and relax at Frinton on Sea Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Abbey Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Christchurch Mansion.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colchester online trip planner.

You can drive from Dover to Colchester in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Colchester

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Flanders travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The Dutch-speaking northern section of Belgium, highly urbanized Flanders includes the country's star attractions of Bruges, Antwerp, and Ghent. The region sits at the meeting point of the Dutch and French cultures, its southern neighbors France and French-speaking Wallonia. A major player in European history for many centuries, Flanders first came to prominence during medieval times, when its thriving wool-trading cities made it one of the wealthiest parts of the continent. Today, most people know this prosperous region for its lively festival scene, medieval towns, and relatively flat countryside intersected by an extensive network of well-posted trails, tailor-made for sightseeing on foot or by bicycle.