Capitals and History of Western Europe

Romantic
Romantic
13 - 18
days

After exploring Netherlands and Belgium, proceed to the historical city of Rouen and the landing beaches on the Normandy coast, then head to Paris through castles of the Loire Valley

In this trip

  • CultureCulture
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Small TownsSmall Towns

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2

    Brussels, Belgium

  • 3

    Rouen, France

  • 4

    Caen, France

  • 5

    St. Malo, France

  • 6

    Tours, France

  • 7

    Orleans, France

  • 8

    Paris, France

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Things to do in and around Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Stedelijk museum Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam
  • Beguine Gardens, Amsterdam
  • Pastoral Windmills
  • Palace garden
  • Vondelpark, Amsterdam
  • Nine Streets area, Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam: Oude Zijde
  • Amsterdam Canals: Herengracht & Brouwersgracht
  • Five star selection-139
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Houses and houseboats on Herengracht
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • Rembrandt House
  • Nieuwekerk
  • De Cocksdorp
  • Biesbosch
  • Keizersgracht, Amsterdam
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
  • Sail 2010 - Javaeiland
  • Heineken Experience
  • Urk
  • kroller-muller museum (180)
   
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Amsterdam

Netherlands, North Holland region

CultureNight lifeFoodHistoric3 nightsTue. Mar 19 - Fri. Mar 22

The Dutch capital retains its medieval charm along with historic buildings, rich culture, its iconic canals, and charming streets.

Amsterdam is the capital city of and most populous within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and is home to more than one hundred kilometers of canals. Amsterdam has a rich architectural history, with buildings dating back to 1306. Amsterdam has many parks, open spaces, and squares throughout the city. Shops in Amsterdam range from large department stores such as De Bijenkorf founded in 18709, to small specialty shops. Home to many fascinating museums, the most important ones are located on the Museumplein.
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Things to do in and around Brussels

  • Mont des Arts Area Of Brussels
  • Belgium-6478 - Grand Place
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
  • Walking the streets of Brussels
  • Sunset at the Mont des Arts
  • Bluebell wood
  • Bouillon: le grand souterrain
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  • Serres de Laeken Bruxelles
  • Vestíbulo del Museo de Artes
  • Brussels, Belgium 102 - Parc du Cinquantenaire -  Triumphal arch
  • Kasteel van Arenberg
  • The Beth Chatto Gardens - How Green is My Valley!
  • Town Hall
  • Brussels - Graffiti & Street Art
  • Brussels
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  • Pairi Daiza Melange des mondes
  • Rumbeke 014
   
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Brussels

Belgium, Brussels-Capital region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric2 nightsFri. Mar 22 - Sun. Mar 24

Belgium's capital is the seat of the EU and boasts a metropolitan cultural diversity, many historic curiosities, and great museums.

Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and the capital of the European Union. Brussels has grown from a 10C fortress town to a sizeable city. The architecture in Brussels is diverse, spanning from the medieval constructions on the Grand Place to the postmodern buildings of the EU institutions. Main attractions include the Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Gothic town hall in the old centre, the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Laeken. Another famous landmark is the Royal Palace. The city has had a renowned artist scene for many years. Brussels is known for its local waffle, its chocolate, its French fries and its numerous types of beers.
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Things to do in and around Rouen

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  • Dimanche
  • Rouen Cathedral
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, 2005
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  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Water pots from the large cistern, ancient Aiane
  • Ferronerie
  • Rouen Court house
  • Eglise Saint Maclou
  • Étretat Cliffs 2
  • Yachts in Trouville
  • Côte st Catherine 10
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  • Rouen France
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  • Jumièges
   
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Rouen

France, Normandy region

HistoricCultureFoodNight life2 nightsSun. Mar 24 - Tue. Mar 26

In this beautiful city, you will enjoy a remarkable historic center, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and excellent museums.

Rouen, in northern France on the River Seine, is the historic capital city of Normandy. Rouen is known for its Notre Dame cathedral, with its Tour de Beurre (butter tower) financed by the sale of indulgences for the consumption of butter during Lent. The cathedral's gothic facade (completed in the 16th century) was the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, some of which are exhibited in the Musקe d'Orsay in Paris. Other famous structures include Rouen Castle, whose keep is known as the tour Jeanne d'Arc, where Joan of Arc was brought in 1431 to be threatened with torture; the Church of Saint Ouen (12th–15th century), and more.
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Things to do in and around Caen

  • Old and New Buildings in Caen
  • Place Saint-Martin
  • 370. Impressionnisme
  • Saint Trophime Church - Place de la Republique, Arles - triumphal arch - - The Last Judgement
  • Caen in Bermuda (1) (Bermuda Cathedral)
  • Cascade de l'Eventail
  • American Cemetery in Colleville
  • Étretat Cliffs 2
  • Omaha Beach
   
4

Caen

France, Normandy region

HistoricCultureFood1 nightTue. Mar 26 - Wed. Mar 27

This proud city steeped in history and culture is an excellent base from which to discover Normandy.

Caen is a commune in northwestern France. It is located 15 km inland from the English Channel. 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.
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Things to do in and around St. Malo

  • St Malo
  • St Malo
  • St. Malo View
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  • Saint Malo 2012-05-31-13
  • Cascade de l'Eventail
  • Low Tide
  • Castle
  • grand aquarium at enosui
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  • Sentier de La Bastide - Solages
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  • River boat trip - Dinan
   
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St. Malo

France, Brittany region

Small townsBeachesHistoricCultureFood2 nightsWed. Mar 27 - Fri. Mar 29

This once well-fortified city is now a popular seaside resort, offering all the relaxation and excellent cuisine you could want.

Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. Today it is a major tourist destination, with many ancient, attractive building. Now inseparably attached to the mainland, Saint-Malo is the most visited place in Brittany. Sites of interest include: The walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros); The chateau of Saint-Malo, part of which is now the town museum; The Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan is a 14th-century building that holds a collection tracing the history of voyages around Cape Horn; And more.
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Things to do in and around Tours

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  • Tours (Indre-et-Loire)
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral
  • Art in Bloom 2013
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  • Château de Chenonceau
  • 34. Château de Villandry
  • Back of St-Gatien Cathedral in Tours, France
  • Château de chaumont sur Loire
  • Chateau de Langeais, France
   
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Tours

France, Centre region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life1 nightFri. Mar 29 - Sat. Mar 30

This pedestrian-friendly city known as "the Garden of France", has numerous parks, impressive museums, and an excellent historic district.

Tours is a city in central France. It stands on the lower reaches of the river Loire. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, the alleged perfection of its local spoken French, and the Battle of Tours in 732. It is also the site of the Paris–Tours road bicycle race. Tours is famous for its original medieval district, called le Vieux Tours. Unique to the Old City are its preserved half-timbered buildings and la Place Plumereau, a square with busy pubs and restaurants, whose open-air tables fill the center of the square. The Boulevard Beranger crosses the Rue Nationale at the Place Jean-Jaures and is the location of weekly markets and fairs.
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Things to do in and around Orleans

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  • Parc Floral de la Source
  • Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans 2
  • Campagne Européenne 2009
  • Paris-Petit Palais (4)
  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Maison à Colombages, Orleans-- Maison de Jeanne d'Arc!
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  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Chambord (variation 1)
   
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Orleans

France, Centre region

CultureFoodNight life1 nightSat. Mar 30 - Sun. Mar 31

Considered the capital of the Centre region, this city is excellent for lovers of history and quality dining.

Orleans is a city in north-central France. Orleans is located in the northern bend of the Loire, which crosses from east to west. Orleans belongs to the vallee de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city offers many sights, including the Gallo-Roman town-wall on the north side of the cathedral (4th century AD) and along the rue de la Tour-Neuve; The Hotel Groslot, built between 1550 and 1555; Many historical houses and mansions can still be admired in the city center which is one of the largest in France due to the great importance of the city until the 20th century.
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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
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  • Sacre-Coeur
  • Place des Vosges
  • Latin Quarter
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
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  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
  • Lac Daumesnil
  • Fontaines
  • Rodin Museum building
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  • Château de Chantilly - 24-12-2007 - 15h44
  • Notre Dame
  • 295 Paris - place Vendome
  • The Catacombs
  • Île St. Louis
  • Le cyclop de Jean Tinguely
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Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nightsSun. Mar 31 - Wed. Apr 03

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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