55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

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Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Toledo, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nantes, France
— 2 nights
Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Milly-la-Foret
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Milly-la-Foret, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Sluis, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Penza, Russia
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Visit Duomo di Milano and Arena di Verona for their historical value. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Pinacoteca di Brera will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Turin (Museo dello Sport, Museo Egizio, &more) and Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, see the interesting displays at Civic Archaeological Museum, and discover the deep blue sea with 4Sub Scuola Sub PADI Milano.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary builder tool.

Mendrisio, Switzerland to Milan is an approximately 1-hour car ride. June in Milan sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

6
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Tivoli (Villa Adriana, Villa d'Este, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary site.

Getting from Milan to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

5
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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Museu Picasso and Parc de Montjuic will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic. Get out of town with these interesting Barcelona side-trips: Camino de Ronda (in S'Agaro), Museu d'Historia (in Sant Feliu de Guixols) and Tossa de Mar (Vila Vella (Old Town) & Museu Municipal de Tossa de Mar). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parc Guell, make a trip to Casa Batllo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rome, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Barcelona, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Toledo.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

2
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Toledo, Spain

City of Three Cultures

Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santo Tomé, take in the spiritual surroundings of El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, visit Casco Historico de Toledo, then take an in-depth tour of Alcazar - Museo del Ejercito, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Santa Cruz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mosque of Christ of the Light. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, see the interesting displays at Museo del Greco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, then don't miss a visit to Catedral Primada, and finally see the interesting displays at MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Toledo trip planning app.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Toledo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Toledo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Nantes, France

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, ponder the design of Le Miroir d'Eau, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, contemplate the long history of Porte Saint-Pierre, then look for gifts at Guerlais Chocolatier,, then surround yourself with nature on Detours en Loire, and finally stroll around Arboretum Cimetiere Parc.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nantes online visit planner.

Fly from Toledo to Nantes in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toledo in June: high temperatures in Nantes hover around 27°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Milly-la-Foret.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Milly-la-Foret, France

Milly-la-Forêt is a commune in the Essonne department in Île-de-France in northern France.GeologyThe Forest of Fontainebleau in the western end of which Milly-la-Forêt lies, is composed of the Oligocene Fontainebleau sands, which are a marine deposit, laid down in an intertidal zone.HistoryMilly-la-Forêt is the probable birthplace of Wulfram of Sens, Saint Wulfram; in about 640.Origin of the place nameThe first name of this domaine was called Maurillac in Gaul, Mauriliaco on a merovingien coin, became Maureliacum, Melliacum in 667, Milliacum in Latin. On the 22nd (Tue), play a few rounds at UGolf du Chateau de Cely, Golf Pays de Fontainebleau, take a peaceful walk through Les Sables du Cul du Chien, then see the interesting displays at Atelier Musee de l'Imprimerie, and finally stop by Les Delices Fromagers.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Milly-la-Foret vacation maker.

You can drive from Nantes to Milly-la-Foret in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Milly-la-Foret

Museums · Golf · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Paris, France

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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Milly-la-Foret to Paris takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Bruges, Belgium

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.
Groeningemuseum and Design Museum Gent will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Gravensteen and Graslei and Korenlei are in your itinerary. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, St Michael's Bridge, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, browse the exhibits of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Bruges to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sluis.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Sluis, The Netherlands

Sluis is the name of both a municipality and a town located in the west of Zeelandic Flanders, in the south-western part of the Netherlands.The current incarnation of the municipality exists since on 1 January 2003. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Slijterij-Wijnhandel de Vuurtoren, meet the residents at Struisvogelboerderij Monnikenwerve, then take an in-depth tour of Gemeentelijk Archeologisch Museum Aardenburg, then examine the collection at Visserij Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Het Vlaemsche Erfgoed. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Groede podium, speel- en infopark, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Husky Safari - Day Tours, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Het Belfort, and finally see the interesting displays at Bizarium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sluis day trip planning tool.

Sluis is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In July, daytime highs in Sluis are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Sluis

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Brussels, Belgium

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.
You'll explore and learn at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Atomium. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Grand Place. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Fort Van Duffel (in Duffel) and Molsbroek (in Lokeren). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and see some colorful creatures with Relax Divers Meise.

Find out how to plan Brussels trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Sluis to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Leuven, Belgium

The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Sint-Catharinakerk. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fort Eben-Emael and Gallo-Romeins Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leuven: La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux), Forestia (in Theux) and Abbaye du Val-Dieu (in Aubel). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Les Draisines De La Molignée, take an in-depth tour of Open Air Museum Bokrijk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter's Church Sint-Pieterskerk, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Tongeren.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Leuven road trip website.

You can drive from Brussels to Leuven in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Stadhuis Haarlem will appeal to history buffs. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Haarlem (Grote Markt & Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)), Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the long history of Papiermolen De Schoolmeester/moulin a papier De Schoolmeester, walk around Vondelpark, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam journey builder site.

You can drive from Leuven to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Krakow, Poland

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park, then examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, and finally shop like a local with Ulica Florianska.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Krakow travel planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Krakow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Penza.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Penza, Russia

Penza is a city and the administrative center of Penza Oblast, Russia, located on the Sura River, 625km southeast of Moscow. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanarium, shop like a local with The Penza Regional Art Gallery of K.A. Savitskiy, see the interesting displays at Meyerhold Museum of Theatrics, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, and finally see the interesting displays at V. Klyuchevskiy's Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Penza State History Museum, see the interesting displays at The Museum of One Picture, then appreciate the history behind Monument First Settler, and finally make a trip to Light Musical Fontain Sputnik.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Penza driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Krakow to Penza with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Penza due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Krakow, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Penza, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Penza

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.

Spain travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Castile-La Mancha travel guide

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Landmarks · Churches · Nightlife
Often overlooked by tourists, Castile-La Mancha provided much of the setting for the adventures of one of the world’s most popular literary characters, Don Quixote de la Mancha. Expect your holiday to be dominated by attractions related to this creation of writer Miguel de Cervantes. Although much of this region is a windswept, battered plateau with a desert-like climate, it remains a symbol of Spanish culture with its award-winning Manchego cheese and olive plantations. The region’s prosperity continues to rest largely on agriculture and livestock, making it a good spot for agricultural tourism, which introduces visitors to its picturesque working farms and ranches. A signposted scenic route throughout the region visits locations featured prominently in the Cervantes novel.

France travel guide

4.2
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.

Essonne travel guide

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Theme Parks · Castles · Room Escape Games

Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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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.

Flemish Brabant Province travel guide

3.9
Architectural Buildings · Spas · Landmarks
The heart of Belgium, the Flemish Brabant province surrounds Brussels, one of Europe's major centers of culture, politics, and commerce. This province forms the core of Belgian beer territory, known around the world for its production of quality brews. Despite its relatively small size, Flemish Brabant boasts the country's highest concentration of breweries, from family-run operations to major international establishments. Leuven, the provincial capital, serves as the beer industry's major hub and contains the longest bar in Europe, composed of a string of centrally located cafes and restaurants. This region contains over 1,800 km (1,100 mi) of marked cycling trails, so you can easily tour Leuven and the rest of the province on a bicycle.

Poland travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
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.