47 days in Europe Itinerary

47 days in Europe Itinerary

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47 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 10 nights
train:  2​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Dortmund, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 5 nights
6
Marseille, France
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Lille, France
— 5 nights
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Hanoi, Vietnam

10
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and Atomium. We've included these beaches for you: Sint-Annastrand and Sunset Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Ghent (Gravensteen Castle, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, & more), Bruges (Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, Walplein, & more) and Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady & MAS - Museum aan de Stroom). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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Hanoi, Vietnam to Brussels is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hanoi to Brussels, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Brussels are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

8
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Shop till you drop at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Public House of Art. You'll explore and learn at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Anne Frank House. Venture out of the city with trips to Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Grote Markt), Strand Egmond aan Zee (in Egmond aan Zee) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and make a trip to Leidseplein.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Amsterdam vacation planning app .

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dortmund.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haarlem, Strand Egmond aan Zee, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Zandvoort aan Zee
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

5
nights
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Zeche Zollern II/IV, Westfalian Museum of Industry and DASA will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen and Dorfkirche Stiepel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dortmund: Oberhausen (CentrO & Gasometer Oberhausen), Archaeologiepark Xanten (in Xanten) and Muenster (Wochenmarkt Muenster & Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom)). There's lots more to do: tee off at Royal Saint Barbara's Dortmund Golf Club, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire all the interesting features of Signal Iduna Park, and explore the engaging exhibits at German Football Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dortmund road trip planning app .

Drive from Amsterdam to Dortmund in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Dortmund

Museums Shopping Golf

Side Trips

Muenster, Oberhausen, Archaeologiepark Xanten, Dorfkirche Stiepel, Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
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German Football Museum ©
German Football Museum
Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom) ©

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), then explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Liebieghaus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Romer, then steep yourself in history at Goethe House, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kleinmarkthalle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dortmund to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dortmund in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Frankfurt, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

5
nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Get some cultural insight at Prince's Palace and Musee Naval de Monaco. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee and Casino Square. There's still lots to do: cool off at Larvotto Beach, look for gifts at Les Grands Chais Monegasques, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Monte-Carlo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monte-Carlo, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Jardin Exotique de Monaco
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Larvotto Beach ©
Larvotto Beach
Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco ©
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

8
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage d'Aiguebelle and Calanque de Samena. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Carrieres des Lumieres. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Musee Granet, & more), McArthurGlen Provence (in Miramas) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Parc national des Calanques. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, take a stroll through The Panier, shop like a local with Galerie Alexis Pentcheff, and stop by 72% Petanque.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marseille day trip website .

Traveling by car from Monte-Carlo to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Monte-Carlo in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lille.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Poterie Point Fusion, Plage d'Aiguebelle, Carrieres des Lumieres, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
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Tapiezo ©
Tapiezo
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

5
nights
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
You'll explore and learn at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Musee La Piscine. Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Lille: Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais), Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Laser Game Evolution Dunkerque (in Dunkirk). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, make a trip to Grande Place, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lille route builder .

You can fly from Marseille to Lille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in August, things will get a bit cooler in Lille: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Laser Game Evolution Dunkerque, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Carriere Wellington, Le Touquet Beach, Calais Wine Superstore
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3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, get engrossed in the history at Porte de Hal, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural Sciences, and finally examine the collection at Autoworld. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then explore the galleries of Maison d'Erasme.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Lille to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Graslei and Korenlei, Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
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Museum of Natural Sciences ©
Museum of Natural Sciences
Maison d'Erasme ©
Maison d'Erasme
Serres Royales De Laeken ©
Serres Royales De Laeken

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