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17 day trip to Europe – Itinerary help/feedback appreciated.

**Interests:** Soccer, street food, beer, walking around old cities, castles, history/industry museums, public transportation, local food, old churches

**No interest:** art museums, shopping, sweets/chocolates, driving

**I’ve already booked:** Flights from DC to Amsterdam November 29. 4 nights in Amsterdam. Flight from Lyon to Barca December 16th. I’m meeting my friend in Barca and we will plan 17 more days together in Europe.

**Other:** late 20s American male travelling solo. Speak small amount of French but mostly just English. Money not a huge issue, but I am staying in hostels and do value frugality.

**Part 1: Amsterdam**

November 30 – Land and walk around

December 1- Go to Utrecht for the day. Possibly Go to Utrecht soccer match

December 2/3- Spend time exploring Amsterdam. Could possible maybe a small day trip outside city

**Part 2: Belgium**

December 4: Travel from Amsterdam to Ghent, explore Ghent. Make Ghent my “base of operations” and stay there overnight for my time in Belgium.

December 5: Go to either Antwerp or Brussels for the day. Return to Ghent at night

December 6: Go to Bruge for the day. Possibly go to Cercle Bruges match in afternoon. Return to Ghent at night

December 7/8: Flex day

Possibly: rest in Ghent and explore Ghent

Possibly: Go to either Antwerp or Brussels for the day(whichever one I missed December 5) – return to Ghent at night

POSSIBLY: Go to Lille for the day to explore. Possibly go to Lille soccer game. Return to Ghent after

December 8: Flex day

Possibly: rest in Ghent and explore Ghent

Possibly: Go to either Antwerp or Brussels for the day(whichever one I missed December 5) – return to Ghent at night

Possibly: do a random day trip to another small town in Belgium.

**Part 3: Paris**

December 9: Travel from Ghent to Paris

December 9-13 explore paris. Day trip to fontainebleau one day.

December 13- depart

I’ve been to Paris twice and had a blast, but I can skip many of the main stuff like Eiffel tower and Louvre and Versailles. Mostly want to check out smaller things and maybe small day trips from Paris.

**Part 4 Lyon**

December 13 – Travel from Paris to Lyon via train

December 14 Lyon match

December 15: Explore Lyon

December 16 – Fly out at 2PM and meet my friend in Barca airport at 4PM.

Lyon is one city I want to visit. My sister spend a lot of time there.



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