36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Lille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Honfleur, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
car:  6 h 30 min
9
Amboise, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
13
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
14
Paris, France
— 4 nights
End: Paris, France

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, visit The Jordaan, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam travel route app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In March, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Venture out of the city with trips to Phantasialand (in Bruhl), Eltz Castle (in Wierschem) and Cologne (Cologne Cathedral, Chocolate Museum, & more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St Cacilia Benrath, look for gifts at Altstadt, explore the ancient world of ArcheoPoint, and take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dusseldorf visit planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Dusseldorf are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cologne, Phantasialand, Eltz Castle
Highlights from your plan
Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Dusseldorf to Brussels by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March in Brussels, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument, make a trip to The Markt, and then don't miss a visit to Oude Griffie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Bruges trip builder site .

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Lille.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

2
nights
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, make a trip to Grande Place, browse the collection at Librairie Furet du Nord, then shop like a local with Vieux-Lille, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lille Zoo. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy and then examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lille trip planning tool .

Drive from Bruges to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Lille sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy

2
nights
Honfleur, France

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 21st (Sat), get great views at Falaises d'Etretat and then don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Honfleur day trip planning website .

Getting from Lille to Honfleur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Falaises d'Etretat
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin
Pont de Normandie ©
Pont de Normandie

2
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online tour builder .

Drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Airborne Museum, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You will leave for Amboise on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Tours Parks

3
nights
Amboise, France

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, steep yourself in history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Amboise trip itinerary site .

Take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Amboise in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Bordeaux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Cheverny
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 28th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pont de Pierre, then get your game on at Virtual Room Bordeaux, and then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Amboise to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Cite du Vin
La Cite du Vin
Pey-Berland Tower ©
Pey-Berland Tower
Pont de Pierre ©
Pont de Pierre

3
nights
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lourdes (Grotte de Massabielle & Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes) and Plage d'Hendaye (in Hendaye). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at AviaSim Biarritz, make a trip to Rocher de la Vierge, kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

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You can drive from Bordeaux to Biarritz in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cordes-sur-Ciel.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lourdes, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Plage d'Hendaye, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Highlights from your plan
Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz
AviaSim Biarritz ©
AviaSim Biarritz
La Superbe ©
La Superbe

2
nights
Cordes-sur-Ciel, France

Cordes-sur-Ciel ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, stroll around Chateau Foucaud et parc, examine the collection at Musée du Chocolat et du Sucre, then contemplate the long history of Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac, then explore the historical opulence of Les Chateaux de Bruniquel, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Paradis, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Historama.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cordes-sur-Ciel trip planning tool .

Getting from Biarritz to Cordes-sur-Ciel by car takes about 4 hours. April in Cordes-sur-Ciel sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Cordes-sur-Ciel

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cave de Labastide, Forteresse de Najac, Les Chateaux de Bruniquel, Chateau Foucaud et parc
Highlights from your plan
Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel ©
Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel
Cave de Labastide ©
Cave de Labastide
Chateau Foucaud et parc ©
Chateau Foucaud et parc

2
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Place du Capitole, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

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You can drive from Cordes-sur-Ciel to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. April in Toulouse sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Musee des Augustins ©
Musee des Augustins

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday planning site .

You can fly from Toulouse to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Toulouse in April, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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