55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

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Besancon, France
— 2 nights
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Le Mans City, France
— 1 night
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Limoges, France
— 2 nights
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Poitiers, France
— 5 nights
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Ajaccio, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 6 nights
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Arles, France
— 4 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Odense, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Verviers, Belgium
— 3 nights
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— 3 nights
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Besancon, France

— 2 nights
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint-Anatoile, then examine the collection at La Grande Saline - Musée du Sel, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee du Temps et Palais Granvelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Jean de Besancon, then explore the world behind art at Musee Gustave Courbet, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Besancon day trip planning website.

Geneva, Switzerland to Besancon is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. June in Besancon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Besancon

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Le Mans City, France

— 1 night

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
On the 4th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Arche de la Nature, then examine the collection at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Le Mans City online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Besancon to Le Mans City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Limoges.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Limoges, France

— 2 nights

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Quartier de la Boucherie, then take an in-depth tour of Oradour-sur-Glane, then see the interesting displays at Centre de la Memoire, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale Saint-Junien. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Site Corot, admire the striking features of Gare de Limoges, then explore the world behind art at Musee National Adrien Dubouche, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Etienne.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Limoges online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Le Mans City to Limoges in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Poitiers.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Poitiers, France

— 5 nights
Poitiers is a city on the Clain river in west-central France. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Langeais. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Breze and Chateau du Rivau. Get out of town with these interesting Poitiers side-trips: Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye) and Chateau d'Usse (in Rigny-Usse). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Notre Dame la Grande, admire the striking features of Hotel Berthelot, see the interesting displays at Maison de l'Architecture de Poitou-Charentes, and contemplate the long history of Hotel Fume.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Poitiers trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Limoges to Poitiers in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Poitiers sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ajaccio.

Things to do in Poitiers

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Ajaccio, France

— 1 night
With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Erasme, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Sacre Coeur, then examine the collection at Maison Bonaparte, then admire the local landmark of Fontaine des Quatre Lions, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ajaccio trip planner.

You can fly from Poitiers to Ajaccio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ajaccio when traveling from Poitiers in June, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Ajaccio

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Le Suquet. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Croisette and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more) and Trolib (in Cassis). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, and contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marseille vacation builder tool.

Fly from Ajaccio to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Arles, France

— 4 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Let the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee des Santons capture your imagination. Visit Chateau des Baux de Provence and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Arles side-trips: Aigues-Mortes (Chapelle des Penitents blancs d'Aigues-Mortes, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, &more), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour, steep yourself in history at Theatre Antique, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles travel planner.

Getting from Marseille to Arles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June in Arles, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Turin.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Turin, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Visit Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone and Reggia di Venaria Reale for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Egizio and Museo Nazionale del Cinema. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turin: Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi), Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (in Aosta) and Castello di Fenis (in Fenis). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Superga, walk around Parco del Valentino, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio Israelitico.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turin journey builder app.

Fly from Arles to Turin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Arles in June, plan for slightly colder days in Turin, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Milano and Arena di Verona. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castello Sforzesco and Piazza delle Erbe. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno), Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Casa di Giulietta, &more) and Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Milan online visit planner.

You can take a train from Turin to Milan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Turin in June, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Popular historic sites such as Nyhavn and Kronborg are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Denmark and Amalienborg. Get out of town with these interesting Copenhagen side-trips: Fuglereservat Vaserne (in Birkerod), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek) and Troldeskoven (in Tisvildeleje). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Rosenborg Castle, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Saviour's Church, and identify plant and animal life at Planetstien Hvidovre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Copenhagen tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Copenhagen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in July, expect Copenhagen to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Odense.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Odense, Denmark

— 2 nights

Odin's Shrine

The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
On the 7th (Thu), examine the collection at The Funen Village, then step into the grandiose world of Egeskov Castle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Svanninge Bjerge. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at H. C. Andersens House, get to know the resident critters at Odense ZOO, then identify plant and animal life at Hindsgavl Dyrehave, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lyt til marsvin.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Odense holiday app.

Drive from Copenhagen to Odense in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Odense are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aarhus.

Things to do in Odense

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aarhus, Denmark

— 2 nights

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look and learn at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aarhus Domkirke, then get engrossed in the history at Aarhus Vikingemuseet, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helligaandskirken, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Moellevangskirken.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aarhus attractions planner.

You can drive from Odense to Aarhus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Brussels.

Things to do in Aarhus

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

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. You'll explore and learn at Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerp (Grote Markt, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Aarhus to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Bruges on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gravensteen and St. Nicholas' Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Ghent City Center, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, make a trip to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bruges trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Verviers.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Verviers, Belgium

— 3 nights
Verviers is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège.The Verviers municipality includes the old communes of Ensival, Lambermont, Petit-Rechain, Stembert, and Heusy. Get a sense of the local culture at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Fort Eben-Emael. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maison de l'eau and La Chocolaterie Darcis. Change things up with these side-trips from Verviers: Gallo-Romeins Museum (in Tongeren) and Lieteberg (in Zutendaal). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Forestia, go deep underground at Blegny-Mine, steep yourself in history at Abbaye du Val-Dieu, and get to know the resident critters at Le Monde Sauvage.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Verviers trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Verviers takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bruges in July: highs in Verviers hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Winterthur.

Things to do in Verviers

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Winterthur, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland. Get some cultural insight at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart and Villa Flora Winterthur. You'll explore and learn at Uhren Sammlung Kellenberger and Swiss Science Center Technorama. Explore Winterthur's surroundings by going to Schaffhausen (Kirche St. Johann, Munot, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Rhine Falls, see the interesting displays at Fotomuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Stadtkirche, and admire the masterpieces at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Winterthur trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Verviers to Winterthur. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Winterthur

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Le Mans travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · History Museums · Churches
Le Mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Le Mans is a part of the Pays de la Loire region.Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. Since 1923, the city has hosted the internationally famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race.HistoryFirst mentioned by Claudius Ptolemy, the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a sub tribe of the Aedui. Le Mans is also known as Civitas Cenomanorum (City of the Cenomani), or Cenomanus. Their city, seized by the Romans in 47 BC, was within the ancient Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. A 3rd-century amphitheatre is still visible. The thermae were demolished during the crisis of the third century when workers were mobilized to build the city's defensive walls. The ancient wall around Le Mans is one of the most complete circuits of Gallo-Roman city walls to survive.

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