55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe attractions planner

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 4 nights
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Aalborg, Denmark
— 2 nights
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Dunkirk, France
— 1 night
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Winterthur, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Vercelli, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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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.
Nyhavn and National Museum of Denmark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Rosenborg Castle and Kastellet. Explore Copenhagen's surroundings by going to Kronborg (in Helsingoer), Fuglereservat Vaserne (in Birkerod) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), make a trip to Stroeget, and browse the exhibits of Amalienborg.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen online vacation builder.

Berlin, Germany to Copenhagen is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Aarhus.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Aarhus, Denmark

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Den Gamle By and Helligaandskirken. Let the collections at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum and Moesgaard Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Aarhus: Sct. Nicolai Church (in Vejle) and Jelling (Jelling Kirke & Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fredenskirken and steep yourself in history at Vor Frue Kirke.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Aarhus travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Aarhus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Aarhus, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Aalborg.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Aalborg, Denmark

— 2 nights
Aalborg, is Denmark's fourth biggest city with an urban population of 136.000 (including 22.000 in the twin city Nørresundby 600 meters across the Limfjorden. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Jens Bang's Stenhus, then steep yourself in history at Lindholm Hoeje Museum, and then walk around The Park of Music. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Aalborg Zoologiske Have, then stroll through Lille Vildmose Centret, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hadsund Dyrehave.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aalborg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aarhus to Aalborg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Aalborg

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Student City

One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Get a sense of the local culture at Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle. Cragside House and Gardens and The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Newcastle upon Tyne with an excursion to Durham Riverside Walk in Durham--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Riverside Falconry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John the Baptist, take in the exciting artwork at The Biscuit Factory, and take a stroll through The Quayside.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Newcastle upon Tyne tour itinerary builder website.

Explore your travel options from Aalborg to Newcastle upon Tyne with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aalborg to Newcastle upon Tyne due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Newcastle upon Tyne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Middlesbrough.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Middlesbrough is a large industrial town on the south bank of the River Tees in North Yorkshire, north-east England, founded in 1830. On the 17th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Church, stroll through National Centre for Birds of Prey, then steep yourself in history at Rievaulx Abbey, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Helmsley All Saints Church. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at World of James Herriot, pause for some serene contemplation at Ripon Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Roseberry Topping.

Plan my day in Middlesbrough using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Newcastle upon Tyne to Middlesbrough in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sheffield.

Things to do in Middlesbrough

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Sheffield, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Greenest City in England

A major industrial and cultural center, Sheffield is renowned for its green open spaces, art galleries, and state-of-the-art sports facilities.
Get some cultural insight at Chatsworth House and Holy Trinity Parish Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eyam Plague Village Museum and Lincoln Castle. Explore Sheffield's surroundings by going to Peak Mountaineering (in Castleton), Hawks Of Steele (in Newark-on-Trent) and The Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints (in Chesterfield). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Holly Hagg Community farm, shop like a local with The Creative Lab, stroll the grounds of Wardsend Cemetery, and examine the collection at Weston Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sheffield attractions planner.

Drive from Middlesbrough to Sheffield in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Sheffield, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manchester.

Things to do in Sheffield

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Manchester, United Kingdom

— 4 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Get some cultural insight at Lakeland Motor Museum and Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. You'll explore and learn at Conwy Castle and Science and Industry Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Manchester side-trips: Predator Experience (in Ayside), Beaumaris Castle (in Beaumaris) and Liverpool (Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, Liverpool Cathedral, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Manchester Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manchester Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at National Football Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manchester travel planner.

You can drive from Sheffield to Manchester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Manchester sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Birmingham.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Birmingham, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Visit Warwick Castle and Birmingham Back to Backs for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Blists Hill Victorian Town and Broseley Pipeworks. Explore Birmingham's surroundings by going to Tewkesbury (Arctic Quest Sled Dog Adventures & Tewkesbury Abbey), The Darby Houses (in Coalbrookdale) and Warwick (Lord Leycester Hospital & The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire)). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, explore the world behind art at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Steelhouse Lane Lock-up, and admire the natural beauty at Winterbourne House and Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Birmingham trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Manchester to Birmingham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Birmingham, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Brussels.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brussels road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Birmingham to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Birmingham to Brussels, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Ghent City Center & St Michael's Bridge). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, and contemplate the long history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dunkirk, France

— 1 night
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand, get engrossed in the history at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Éloi Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Belfry of Dunkirk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dunkirk road trip planning app.

You can drive from Bruges to Dunkirk in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Dunkirk are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Visit Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg for their historical value. Let the collections at Palais de Rohan and Alsatian Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Cite de l'Automobile (in Mulhouse), NaturoparC - Hunawihr (in Hunawihr) and La Volerie des Aigles (in Kintzheim). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz and wander the streets of La Petite France.

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

Traveling by flight from Dunkirk to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Dunkirk, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Strasbourg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, then steep yourself in history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip website.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Bern takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Winterthur.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Winterthur, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland. On the 18th (Mon), examine the collection at Villa Flora Winterthur, then engage your brain at Swiss Science Center Technorama, then step into the grandiose world of Munot, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Johann. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Uhren Sammlung Kellenberger, examine the collection at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, then see the interesting displays at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, then admire the masterpieces at Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum, and finally examine the collection at Fotomuseum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Winterthur tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Winterthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Winterthur are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vercelli.

Things to do in Winterthur

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Vercelli, Italy

— 1 night
Vercelli , is a city and comune of 46.552 inhabitants in the Province of Vercelli, Piedmont, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Andrea, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Cavour, and then find something for the whole family at Ondaland.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vercelli trip builder website.

Getting from Winterthur to Vercelli by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Winterthur in July, with highs in Vercelli at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Vercelli

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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 some historical perspective at Duomo di Milano and Arena di Verona. Get a sense of the local culture at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Pinacoteca di Brera. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: La Citta Alta (in Bergamo), Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza) and Verona (Arche Scaligere, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, get engrossed in the history at Galleria 92, look for all kinds of wild species at FiorirAnno, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan vacation maker site.

Drive from Vercelli to Milan in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips