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Hi I want to make a trip to Europe with this itinerary:
Dulbin - Edinburgh - London - Brussels

How many days do you think I will need in each city to see and enjoy the main highlights? (I would like to keep the trip to MAX of 13 nights)
Are there any day trips that you recommend to near-by cities from these locations?

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    Well, 13 nights is actually 12 days on the ground - since much of the first day will be lost to arrival,settling in and getting over jet lag. then it will take at lest half a day to get from one place to another - so you are already tight on time.

    I would do:

    Dublin 3 nights (2.5 days)
    Edinburgh 3 nights (2.5 days)
    London 4 nights (3.5 days)
    Brussels 2 nights (1.5 days - in in Bruges and .5 in Brussels)

    I would do Bruges from Brussels - but other than that you really don;t have much time for day trips.

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    London > Edinburgh > Dublin > Brussels.

    Honestly, I'd ditch Brussels and stick to the Anglosphere on this one. No real reason to go there - it's not even the most interesting city in Belgium.

    London is by far the largest and most interesting of the four and worth half your time. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE SIZE OF LONDON - it has nearly the population of NYC.

    Then split the rest in favor of Edinburgh, which is far nicer and more interesting than Dublin.

    As for day trips, that depends largely upon what you like (which you've not stated) and when you plan to go (also absent from your post).

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    "Well, 13 nights is actually 12 days on the ground - since much of the first day will be lost to arrival,settling in and getting over jet lag."

    nytraveler is close, but it is less than 12 days . . . IF you mean 13 days in total home to home and IF you are flying in long haul.

    If both "IF's" apply, then 1 day is spent flying overnight, 1 day is mostly spent in arrival details plus recovering from jetlag, 1 day is spent flying home.

    So your 13 days is really more like 10 days 'on the ground'. Then you will lose almost 1/2 a day every time you move - down to 8 to 9 days actually free for seeing sites.

    Do you ONLY want to visit these big cities, or do you also want to see some countryside and do day trips? If it was me I'd spend several days in London and then either 1) Edinburgh for at least 2 full days and a couple of days seeing something in rural Scotland - OR - Dublin for 2 full days and 4 or 5 days in rural Ireland.

    What sorts of things interest you? If it is JUST cities - then I'd do 5 or 6 days in London (extra time because of the jet lag) and split the rest between whichever two of the other 3 cities.

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    nytraveler gave a very good plan based on your original wish list.

    Brussels only really has the Grand Place, Mannequin Pis, a pretty shopping arcade near the Grand Place and some good chocolate/bakeries (Pierre Marcolini). Easily done in less than a full day. We love Brugges - small but every inch is interesting, canals, good food, cute little streets, the clip-clop of the horses, chocolate, breweries, mussels, THE BEST STREET Fritte (french fries) from the 2 trucks in the main square. I live in Switzerland but the best fondue I've ever had was in Brugges!!

    When we're not in Switzerland we are in Edinburgh - a few days will let you wander through the shops and cafes of the New town, the dark, cobbled, sloping streets of the Old town, The castle, Holyrood Palace, go on a ghost walk. If you like walking - a short climb up to Arthurs Seat (30 to 60 minutes depending which path you take) gives amazing views over Edinburgh. A shorter walk up Calton hill is another must for views - try to get there for sunset. A little out of the city centre at Leith is the Royal Yacht Britannia - its a bit expensive to go on board but I think its worth it. it is just as the Queen left it (except for the dining table - Philip wanted the original). It is still used for private parties - Will and Kate had their engagement party on the Yacht. And the Engine room and crew's quarters are really interesting to see. on the edge of Leith is an area called 'The shore'. A cute little street on the Water of Leith with seafood restaurants and cafes. some Michelin starred restaurants too (Martin Wishart, Tom Kithin) but we like the atmosphere and good value food at The Kings Wark.

    Day trips from Edinburgh may include Rosslyn Chapel to the South. Also south are the Scottish Borders with beautiful rolling hills and ruined abbeys such as Melrose, Dryburgh, Jedburgh...

    Head North for the more rugged highlands. Pitlochery, The Queen's view, the distillery at Aberfeldy could be a day trip.

    Or head across the Forth Bridge into Fife - for St. Andrews and some quaint fishing villages - excellent Fish & Chips at the Anstruther Chippy.

    I've only been to Dublin twice and when I got there I realised I had no idea what to see!! No historical buildings or sites came to mind. It was an OK town, nice shops and pubs but you get that in Edinburgh. If you do Dublin - research it first so you know what you actually want to see. I would think the Irish countryside would be better than the city of Dublin.

    London is as already mentioned FULL of things to do - plus within easy reach of some beautiful towns/sites for day trips (stonehenge, bath, stratford upon avon, cambridge, oxford....). The small 'neighbourhoods' of London are just as interesting as the city centre. Go to Islington for the Antiques (camden passage) and specialty food retailers such as Ottolenghi and Paul A. Young (chocolates and amazing brownies). For good, healthy fast food look for a Leon (there are several). I could spend all day in the department stores (Harrods, harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Liberty...)or people watching around Leicester Square and Covent Gardens. For a tast of Belgium you could go to Belgo Centraal at Neal's yard (opposite Covent Gardens) - you get the moule, fritte, belgian beers, schnapps without crossing the channel!

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