55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

55 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 7 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Delft (Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles & Maria van Jessekerk), The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)) and Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Zandvoort to Amsterdam is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Historic Centre of Brugge. Visit Gravensteen and Church of Our Lady Bruges for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent City Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Bruges journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. June in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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.
Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) capture your imagination. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and take in nature's colorful creations at Castle of Laeken.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Champs-Elysees for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles) and Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris trip builder tool.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Trolib, then explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in June: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Visit Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Musee Picasso and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Be Free 2 Dive in Villeneuve-Loubet, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice trip maker app.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in June, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pantheon and Villa Adriana will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, San Francesco, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Florence day trip planning website.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 7 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Visit Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Basilica di San Marco and Basilica of St. Anthony. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Verona's Cathedral (Duomo) & Museo di Castelvecchio) and Padua (Piazza del Santo, Battistero del Duomo di Padova - World Heritage Site, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and explore the historical opulence of Ca' d'Oro.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Venice using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Samarkand.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 2 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Registan, then contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gur Emir Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at Ulugbek Madrasah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, then appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, and finally delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Samarkand road trip planning site.

Getting from Venice to Samarkand by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT) is 4 hours. Traveling from Venice in July, you will find days in Samarkand are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
You'll explore and learn at Moscow Kremlin and State Tretyakov Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, contemplate the long history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery, and admire the striking features of Andronikov Monastery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Moscow road trip website.

Getting from Samarkand to Moscow by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Samarkand in July, plan for colder days in Moscow, with highs around 27°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Get some historical perspective at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, examine the collection at Monplaisir Historical Palace Museum, make a trip to Palace Square, and pause for some photo ops at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Berlin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Dresden Zwinger and East Side Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Katholische Hofkirche and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Berlin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Berlin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.