55 days in Belgium, Sweden & France Itinerary

55 days in Belgium, Sweden & France Itinerary

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Liege, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Charleroi, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Lille, France
— 4 nights
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Reims, France
— 4 nights
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Saint-Etienne, France
— 6 nights
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
Fly to Copenhagen, Train to Malmo
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Malmo, Sweden
— 1 night
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Helsingborg, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Norrkoping, Sweden
— 1 night
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
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Gothenburg, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 day
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Lier, Belgium
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Liege, Belgium

— 4 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Get some historical perspective at Ardennes American Cemetery and Mardasson Memorial. You'll explore and learn at Bastogne War Museum and Ducal Museum (Musee Ducal). Change things up with these side-trips from Liege: Forestia (in Theux), Abbaye d'Orval (in Florenvill) and 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne (in Bastogne). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Antoine et Sainte-Catherine, admire the masterpieces at La Boverie, and admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Liege-Guillemins.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Liege holiday site.

Valkenburg, The Netherlands to Liege is an approximately 1-hour car ride. June in Liege sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Charleroi.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Charleroi, Belgium

— 3 nights
Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Museum-lovers will appreciate Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Maison Leffe. Parc de Furfooz and Musee de la Photographie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Charleroi side-trips: Citadelle de Dinant (in Dinant), Abbaye de Maredsous (in Denee) and Abbaye de Villers (in Villers-la-ville). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Le Bois du Cazier and contemplate the long history of Citadelle (Citadel).

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Traveling by car from Liege to Charleroi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Charleroi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Charleroi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ghent, Belgium

— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Groeningemuseum and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Explore Ghent's surroundings by going to Bruges (Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, Belfry of Bruges, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center, and take in the views from St Michael's Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent trip planner.

Traveling by car from Charleroi to Ghent takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lille.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lille, France

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Centre Historique Mnier. Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Old Stock Exchange will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lille's surroundings by going to Franco-Australian Museum (in Villers-Bretonneux), Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert) and Maison de Jules Verne (in Amiens). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Etienne, take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, and examine the collection at Musee La Piscine.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ghent to Lille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Lille sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 4 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Hotel Le Vergeur Museum. You'll explore and learn at Verdun Memorial and Museum of the Surrender. Explore Reims' surroundings by going to Fort Douaumont (in Douaumont), Epernay (Avenue de Champagne, Moet et Chandon, &more) and Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun (in Verdun). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Budding, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi, and steep yourself in history at Palais du Tau.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Reims travel planner.

Drive from Lille to Reims in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Saint-Etienne.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Etienne, France

— 6 nights
Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and L'hotel des Ingenieurs. Cathedrale Notre-Dame and La Chappelle de la Charite Saint Etienne will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Etienne: Clermont-Ferrand (L'Aventure Michelin & Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption), Volcano Park of Lemptegy (in Saint-Ours) and Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Bisons d'Europe, see the interesting displays at Musee des Verts, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Marie, and admire the landmark architecture of Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Etienne tour itinerary builder site.

Fly from Reims to Saint-Etienne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Reims in June since evenings lows in Saint-Etienne dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Etienne

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 6 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Carrieres des Lumieres and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Avignon (Palais des Papes, Pont d'Avignon, &more), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue) and Paul Cezanne’s Studio (in Aix-en-Provence). And it doesn't end there: pedal to the sights with Trolib, wander the streets of The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip tool.

Fly from Saint-Etienne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Marseille is somewhat warmer than Saint-Etienne - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Malmo.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Malmo, Sweden

— 1 night

Sweden's Berlin

A conglomeration of over a hundred different nationalities, cosmopolitan Malmo sits on the southern tip of Sweden as part of the most densely populated area in Scandinavia.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lund Cathedral, then walk around Kungsparken, then explore the galleries of Malmohus castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of HSB Turning Torso.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Malmo holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Marseille to Malmo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in July, with highs in Malmo at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsingborg.

Things to do in Malmo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Helsingborg, Sweden

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Strait

A scenic coastal city known for its lively waterfront area overlooked by a medieval castle, Helsingborg considers itself Sweden's gateway to Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Sofiero Palace, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tropikariet, then steep yourself in history at Karnan – the keep of Helsingborg, and finally admire the striking features of Church of St. Mary. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Fredriksdal Open-Air Museum and Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Railway Museum Angelholm, then identify plant and animal life at Smalandet Markaryds Algsafari, and finally contemplate the long history of Stortorget Helsingborg.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsingborg trip site.

Traveling by car from Malmo to Helsingborg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Norrkoping.

Things to do in Helsingborg

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Norrkoping, Sweden

— 1 night
Norrköping is a city in the province of Östergötland in eastern Sweden and the seat of Norrköping Municipality, Östergötland County, about 160 km southwest of the national capital Stockholm. On the 8th (Fri), examine the collection at Arbetets museum, then don't miss a visit to The Industrial Landscape, and then see the interesting displays at Lofstad Slott. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Gamla Linkoping Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Linkoping Cathedral, and then see human ingenuity at work at Norsholms sluss, Gota kanal.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Norrkoping online vacation planner.

You can drive from Helsingborg to Norrkoping in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Norrkoping are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Stockholm.

Things to do in Norrkoping

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Stockholm, Sweden

— 5 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vasa Museum and ABBA The Museum. Skansen and Moderna Museet - Stockholm will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska Stockholm, browse the exhibits of Royal Palace, get engrossed in the history at Nordiska Museet, and ponder the world of politics at Stockholm City Hall.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Stockholm trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Norrkoping to Stockholm takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Gothenburg, Sweden

— 3 nights

Little London

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
On the 15th (Fri), stroll around Horticultural Gardens (Tradgardsforeningen), then admire the natural beauty at Gothenburg Botanical Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Haga, and finally have fun and explore at Universeum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Saveans Naturreservat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roro naturreservat, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Natureserve Mollungen.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gothenburg road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Gothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July in Gothenburg, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Brussels.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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.
Visit Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip planning tool.

Fly from Gothenburg to Brussels in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Mechelen, Belgium

— 1 day
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Dijlepad, get engrossed in the history at Fort Breendonk, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Van Duffel, and finally admire the striking features of St. Rumbold's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mechelen day trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Mechelen in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Mechelen can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lier.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lier, Belgium

— 1 night
Lier is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Lier Historical Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof Lier, then see the interesting displays at Zimmer Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Gummarus Church.

Start your trip to Lier by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Lier is just a stone's throw from Mechelen. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Lier

Historic Sites · Museums

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Keizerskapel (Sint Anna kapel), admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church of Antwerp, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Paul's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antwerp tour itinerary maker app.

Drive from Lier to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Sweden travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.