55 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

55 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Port Macquarie
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Port Macquarie, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Newcastle, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
— 1 night
Fly
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Rockhampton, Australia
— 1 night
Fly
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train to Paris Orly, Fly to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Lille, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Reims, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brunssum, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive
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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Turin
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Turin, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Roeselare

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Port Macquarie, Australia

— 3 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Visit Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Tacking Point Lighthouse for their historical value. Maritime Museum South West Rocks and The Slim Dusty Centre will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, and see the interesting displays at Roto House.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Port Macquarie online driving holiday planner.

Roeselare, Belgium to Port Macquarie is an approximately 32-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. While traveling from Roeselare, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Newcastle, Australia

— 3 nights
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Visit Nobbys Head and Shepherds Hill Fort for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Newcastle side-trips: Winda Woppa Reserve (in Hawks Nest), Tomaree Head (in Shoal Bay) and Nelson Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kangaroo Encounters Guided Tours). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Blackbutt Reserve, take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Tilligerry Habitat Tanilba Bay, and examine the collection at Miss Porter's House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Newcastle online trip maker.

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in June: highs in Newcastle hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trips

Coffs Harbour, Australia

— 1 night
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): browse the exhibits of National Cartoon Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, then take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, and finally take some stellar pictures from Forest Sky Pier.

Discover how to plan a Coffs Harbour trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Coffs Harbour can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Rockhampton, Australia

— 1 night
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Rockhampton Heritage Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Capricorn Caves, and then admire the natural beauty at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Archer (Nurim) and then get a new perspective on nature at FLOW Visitors Centre.

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Getting from Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in June: highs in Rockhampton hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.
Let the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Atomium capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rockhampton to Brussels. The time zone difference when traveling from Rockhampton to Brussels is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Rockhampton in June, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then pause for some serene contemplation at Keizerskapel (Sint Anna kapel), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, then get the lay of the land with Grote Netewoud - Meerhout, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage, and finally steep yourself in history at Begijnhof Hoogstraten.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Antwerp online itinerary planner.

Getting from Brussels to Antwerp by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mechelen, Belgium

— 1 night
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
On the 20th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Van Duffel, steep yourself in history at Sint-Anna en Sint-Joachim Godshuis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof Lier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-over-de-Dijlekerk, then admire the striking features of Haverwerf, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vismarkt.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mechelen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Mechelen in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Mechelen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ghent, Belgium

— 4 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ghent: Bruges (Minnewater Lake, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent trip maker website.

Drive from Mechelen to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Mechelen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ghent, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bordeaux, France

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Popular historic sites such as Place de la Bourse and Tour Pey-Berland are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at French Wine Adventures and Chateau Cantenac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Hydrosphere Plongee (in Gujan-Mestras), Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Beauval, learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, and admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip planner.

Getting from Ghent to Bordeaux by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ghent in June, with highs in Bordeaux at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Lille, France

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. Get some historical perspective at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. Venture out of the city with trips to 1st Australian Division Memorial (in Pozieres), Australian National Memorial (in Fouilloy) and Dune Dewulf (in Leffrinckoucke). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Maxim Guide Baie de Somme, stroll the grounds of Le Memorial International De Notre-Dame-De-Lorette, stroll around Parc du Heron, and see the interesting displays at Asnapio.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lille holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Lille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bordeaux in June: high temperatures in Lille hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Lille

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Verdun Memorial and Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Budding and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. Venture out of the city with trips to Fleury-devant-Douaumont (in Fleury-Devant-Douaumont), Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds) and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Verdun (in Verdun). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Remi, and learn about winemaking at Wafflart Briet Champagne.

Make your Reims itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Lille to Reims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lille in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Reims, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Brunssum.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Brunssum, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Brunssum is a municipality and a town in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.Brunssum was a center of coal mining until 1973.The municipality of Brunssum has residents as of.Population centres Brunssum Bouwberg De Kling or Onder-Merkelbeek Langeberg Rumpen Treebeek Kruisberg HaansbergNATO headquartersBrunssum is the current home of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC Brunssum), a NATO headquarters one level below SHAPE in the integrated military command structure. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hoensbroek Castle, then engage your brain at Continium discovery center, and then stroll around Barefoot Park Brunssum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brunssum travel planning app.

You can drive from Reims to Brunssum in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Brunssum can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brunssum

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Get some cultural insight at Rijksmuseum and Grote Markt. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles (in Delft), Lentevreugd (in Wassenaar) and The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Panorama Mesdag). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam vacation tool.

Drive from Brunssum to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Heerenveen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Heerenveen, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Heerenveen is a town and municipality in the province of Friesland (Fryslan), in the north of the Netherlands.HistoryThe town was established in 1551 by three lords as a location for the purpose of digging peat which was used for fuel, hence the name (heer is "lord", veen is "peat"). On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rijksmonument Martinikerk Sneek uit 1498-1503. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum), then look for all kinds of wild species at Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld, then identify plant and animal life at Natuurgebied Holtingerveld, and finally pause for some photo ops at Molen Windlust.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Heerenveen trip maker app.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Heerenveen in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Heerenveen are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Turin.

Things to do in Heerenveen

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turin, Italy

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Egizio and Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama). Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Museo Nazionale del Cinema. Change things up with these side-trips from Turin: Milan (Piazza del Duomo & Il Cenacolo), Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (in Aosta) and Forte di Bard (in Bard). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Sabauda, admire the striking features of Palazzo Reale, and admire the masterpieces at The Art of the Brick.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turin vacation builder website.

Explore your travel options from Heerenveen to Turin with the Route module. Traveling from Heerenveen in July, expect Turin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Chateau de Chillon and The Cathedral of Bern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux), Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres) and Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). The adventure continues: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Geneva road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Turin to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Geneva when traveling from Turin in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips