After going through the struggles to secure a short-stay Schengen visa, the next wish of the traveller is to be able to visit as many Schengen countries as possible. Those on a high budget usually use flights to connect quickly to other countries, but this isn’t the best as land travel itself is an experience. It allows the traveller to see the several cities as he’s been driven through other countries.
The travel itinerary below covers five countries; the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg in six days. We can plan and do this together with a local guide. Complete the form below the article to show your interest.
Itinerary: How to visit five European countries in six days
Day 01: Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris
In the morning we’ll head to Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union. Our first stop will be the Atomium monument, a cell-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built for the 1958 World’s Fair. Then it’s on to Grand Place and Town Hall, the crowning achievement of Gothic civil architecture.
After a look at Manneken Pis, the famous tinkling cherub, we’ll head to the French border and make a beeline for Paris.
Day 02: Paris – Versailles – Paris
We’ll begin our Paris adventure with a drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Place de la Concorde, which played a crucial role in one of darkest chapters of the French Revolution. You’ll also get to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Next, we’ll head to L’Hotel National des Invalides, which houses Napoleon’s tomb and several other monuments relating the military history of France.
Next, we’ll travel on coach through the Parisian suburbs to the splendid Palace of Versailles, the residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. We’ll return to Paris in the evening. After dinner, you may want to avail yourself of the optional cruise along the river Seine.
We will make a stop at Eiffel Tower right after L’Hotel National des Invalides. You can either take time to explore the neighbourhood and have some lunch or scale the Eiffel Tower. Choice is yours.
Day 03: Paris
The second day of our Paris experience begins with a visit to the Louvre, the grande dame of art museums. Here you will set your eyes upon some of the highest-valued masterpieces of the Western world, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Mona Lisa.
After lunch we’ll head to Boulevard Haussmann, a shopper’s paradise in the heart of Paris, where you will be free to shop till you drop. Accommodations for the evening will either be in Paris or a neighbouring city. Before you leave this captivating city, don’t miss the world-famous cabaret shows at the Lido and Moulin Rouge (optional).
Day 04: Paris – Reims – Luxembourg
After breakfast, we’ll venture out of Paris and into the rolling countryside of Champagne, famous the world over for its sparkling white wine. A hefty dose of history, tradition and architecture is yours for the taking in Reims, where every king from the 11th century on was formally anointed.
Our last stop on this day is Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining grand duchy. Highlights include the Adolphe Bridge, Place de la Constitution and the Alzette River Valley. We will stay overnight in Luxembourg or a neighbouring city.
Day 05: Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz – Frankfurt
Our first stop is historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the former capital of the Western Roman Empire. Trier is also the hometown of Karl Marx, the father of Communist thought. We’ll visit his former residence, which now houses the Karl Marx Haus museum. After a lesson in ideology, we’ll make our way to Porta Nigra, the largest and most well-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps. After an exciting morning in Trier, we’ll drive to Koblenz, the town located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers.
In the summertime, you will have the option of joining a scenic river cruise on the Rhine. We’ll make a short stop in Ruedesheim to see the Niederwalddenkmal, a monument built in the late 19th century to commemorate the founding of the German Empire. Then it’s off to Frankfurt, the largest financial centre in all of Europe. There you will see the Old Opera House (Alte Oper); Roemerberg, the historic heart of Frankfurt; St. Paul’s Church, where the freely-elected National Assembly drafted Germany’s first united constitution; and Die Zeit, Germany’s busiest shopping street.
Note: The Rhine boat cruise operates from April to October.
Day 06: Frankfurt – Bonn – Cologne – Amsterdam
We will have breakfast at the hotel, then make our way to Bonn, the former capital of West Germany. There we will visit Beethoven House and University of Bonn, then head to Cologne to see the iconic Cologne Cathedral, followed by a stroll along the shopping street Schildergasse. Our final destination on Day 6 is Amsterdam.
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