15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

15 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Zaandam
Zaandam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
Paris, France
— 3 nights


Zaandam, The Netherlands — 7 nights

Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zaanse Schans and Duinreservaat Castricum. You'll explore and learn at Zaans Museum and Museum van het Nederlandse Uurwerk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zaandam: Strand van Castricum (in Castricum) and Alkmaar (Alkmaar cheese market & Het Beatles Museum). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of De Bonte Hen, see the interesting displays at Museumwinkel Albert Heijn, admire the striking features of De Zoeker Molen, and explore the world behind art at Streets of the World Photo Museum.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zaandam sightseeing planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Zaandam is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Traveling from Toronto to Zaandam, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Zaandam hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rijksmuseum and The Jordaan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Micropia, get curious at Body Worlds, admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum Amsterdam, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam visit planner.

Amsterdam is just a short distance from Zaandam. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Brussels, Belgium — 1 day

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Petit Sablon, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Paris, France — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paris Plage and Île de la Cité. Let the collections at Petit Palais and National Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Pantheon, take a stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, and examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.