55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium

— 2 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.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie capture your imagination. Gravensteen and Historic Centre of Brugge will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Graslei and Korenlei). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, make a trip to The Markt, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and see the interesting displays at Friet Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bruges travel route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bruges is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough 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.
Appreciate the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Grand Place and Serres Royales De Laeken are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Atomium, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Castle of Laeken.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · 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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles) and Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris online trip maker.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Picasso and Musée Marc Chagall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Eglise de Biot (in Biot), La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Be Free To Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Nice tour itinerary website.

Getting from Paris to Nice by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Paris in June, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

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.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Musei Capitolini. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and examine the collection at Stanze di Raffaello.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Rome visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, you will find days in Rome are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Florence Academy of Fine Arts and M.G. Design. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (San Francesco, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Florence vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Visit Basilica di San Marco and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, &more) and Verona (Arena di Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Correr, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Venice online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Venice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Moscow Kremlin and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, browse the exhibits of Andronikov Monastery, and admire the striking features of Melnikov House.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Moscow takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Venice to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Venice in July, things will get little chillier in Moscow: highs are around 27°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at Sovereign's Fun, steep yourself in history at New Peterhof Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Palace Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Dresden Zwinger and Pergamonmuseum. East Side Gallery and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Berlin with an excursion to Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden--about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Berlin online journey planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Berlin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and St. Michael's Church for their historical value. Alte Pinakothek and Deutsches Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, contemplate the long history of Rathaus-Glockenspiel, admire the striking features of Frauenkirche, and admire the masterpieces at Lenbachhaus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Munich are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

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 Fort Thungen. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vianden Castle and Le Chemin de la Corniche. Venture out of the city with trips to Beaufort Castles (in Beaufort) and Eglise St. Laurent (in Diekirch). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Letzebuerg City Museum, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), admire the striking features of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), and take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Luxembourg City travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Luxembourg City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

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

4.7
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
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.