40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

40 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Bourges
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Bourges, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Mulhouse, France
— 4 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Kaysersberg, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 6 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Tournai, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Lille, France
— 3 nights
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Bourges, France

— 2 nights

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges, see the interesting displays at Musee du Materiel, and then contemplate the long history of Palais Jacques-Coeur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Photographie and then examine the collection at Musee de la Porcelaine Deshoulieres.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bourges trip itinerary maker site.

Beirut, Lebanon to Bourges is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Beirut to Bourges, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beirut in September, you will find days in Bourges are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are cooler (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Bourges

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

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Traveling by car from Bourges to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lyon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Annecy. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Musee Chateau, stop by Meyer le Chocolatier, and then see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Annecy trip website.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Annecy, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Annecy

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Mulhouse, France

— 4 nights
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Visit Eglise Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul and Hartmannswillerkopf for their historical value. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cite de l'Automobile and Musee Electropolis. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, find something for the whole family at Parc du Petit Prince, and get to know the resident critters at Parc Zoologique & Botanique de Mulhouse.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Mulhouse trip planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Mulhouse in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September, daytime highs in Mulhouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colmar, France

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 21st (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Bartholdi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Maison Schongauer. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Domaine Koeberle-Kreyer and then identify plant and animal life at La Volerie des Aigles.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colmar road trip planning website.

Getting from Mulhouse to Colmar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kaysersberg.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kaysersberg, France

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kaysersberg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'eglise de l'Invention-de-la-Sainte-Croix, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Memorial 1ere Armee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, then take an in-depth tour of Musee historique de Kaysersberg, and finally view the masterpieces at Verrerie d'Art de Kaysersberg.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kaysersberg journey planner.

Kaysersberg is just a stone's throw from Colmar. September in Kaysersberg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Kaysersberg

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 6 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Eglise Saint-Paul will appeal to history buffs. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Petite France and Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (in Rhodes), Le Relais Des Arts (in La Petite Pierre) and Carriere du Barrois (in Freyming-Merlebach). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kaysersberg to Strasbourg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 3 nights

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Appreciate the collections at MNHM National Museum of Military History and National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art). Family-friendly places like Le Chemin de la Corniche and Parc Merveilleux will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Vianden Castle in Vianden (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, and explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal).

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City trip planner.

Drive from Strasbourg to Luxembourg City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Strasbourg in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Luxembourg City, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Brussels.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 3rd (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and then head outdoors with Piscine L'Espadon. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip builder site.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Brussels by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Brussels are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Antwerp, Belgium

— 3 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
You'll explore and learn at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Our Lady and Grote Markt. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Museum De Reede, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, shop like a local with Meir, and grab your bike and head to Te Boelaerpark.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Antwerp visit planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Antwerp are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Ghent, Belgium

— 3 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dille and Kamille and Art Center Horus. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gravensteen and Museum for the History of Sciences. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, shop like a local with The Art Gallery of Saint Peter's Abbey, view the masterpieces at Caermersklooster Provincial Centre of Art and Culture, and browse the fresh offerings at BE O Markt.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ghent visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kids will enjoy Historic Centre of Brugge and Minnewater Lake. Get a sense of the local culture at Groeningemuseum and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in the exciting artwork at Salvador Dali Exhibition, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, and see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges day trip planning tool.

Getting from Ghent to Bruges by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Bruges, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tournai.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Tournai, Belgium

— 2 nights
Tournai, known in Dutch as Doornik and historically as Dornick in English, is a Walloon municipality of Belgium, 85km southwest of Brussels on the river Scheldt. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Musee du Folklore (Folklore Museum). Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Saint Luke Painting the Virgin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Jacques, then pause for some photo ops at Central Square, and finally don't miss a visit to The Belfry of Tournai.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tournai trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Tournai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lille.

Things to do in Tournai

Museums · Historic Sites

Lille, France

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de la Treille, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, then get to know the resident critters at Lille Zoo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Old Stock Exchange, then admire the landmark architecture of Chambre de Commerce, then examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, and finally examine the collection at Musee La Piscine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lille attractions planner.

Lille is just a short distance from Tournai. In October in Lille, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Luxembourg travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.