55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & France Itinerary

55 days in Switzerland, Belgium & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Liege, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aalst, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Lille, France
— 5 nights
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Roubaix, France
— 1 night
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Reims, France
— 5 nights
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Rennes, France
— 4 nights
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Saint-Etienne, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Biel, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town and Landsgemeindeplatz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Landesmuseum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Appenzell (St Mauritius Church & Museum Appenzell) and Lucerne (Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), Chapel Bridge, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online trip maker.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. In June, daytime highs in Zurich are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Liege.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Liege, Belgium

— 4 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Appreciate the collections at Bastogne War Museum and 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne. Get some cultural insight at Mardasson Memorial and Chateau de Bouillon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Liege: Eglise des Saints Pierre et Paul (in Bouillon), Citadelle de Dinant (in Dinant) and Forestia (in Theux). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at La Roche-aux-Faucons, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Barthelemy (Church of St. Bartholomew), steep yourself in history at Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), and admire the striking features of Gare de Liege-Guillemins.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Liege takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mechelen.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Mechelen, Belgium

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): meet the residents at ZOO Planckendael, then examine the collection at Kazerne Dossin, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Rumbold's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof Lier, look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Van Duffel, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Breendonk, then walk around Provinciaal Groendomein Vrijbroekpark, and finally don't miss a visit to Dijlepad.

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You can drive from Liege to Mechelen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Museum Plantin-Moretus. MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Red Star Line Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hoogstraten (Beguinage & Begijnhof Hoogstraten), Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout) and Geel War Cemetery (in Geel). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, get to know the fascinating history of Vlaeykensgang, observe the fascinating underwater world at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin), and ponder the world of politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Antwerp trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Mechelen to Antwerp in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aalst.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Aalst, Belgium

— 2 nights
Aalst is a city and municipality on the Dender River, 19mi northwest from Brussels. On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Begijnhof, then identify plant and animal life at Molsbroek, then contemplate the long history of Muur van Geraardsbergen, and finally examine the collection at Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Church, then grab your bike and head to Dender Bicycle Trails, then stroll around Stadspark, and finally see the interesting displays at 't Gasthuys - Civic Museum.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Aalst trip itinerary site.

Getting from Antwerp to Aalst by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Aalst

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Get some cultural insight at Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Braine-l'Alleud to see Memorial Waterloo 1815 about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, and explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Aalst to Brussels in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lille.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lille, France

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Old Stock Exchange are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Centre Historique Mnier. Venture out of the city with trips to La Coupole (in Saint-Omer), Musée du Louvre-Lens (in Lens) and Amiens (Musee de Picardie, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lille Zoo, stroll the grounds of VC Corner Australian Cemetery, and look for gifts at Souvenirs Lille.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lille day trip planning website.

You can drive from Brussels to Lille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lille are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Roubaix.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Roubaix, France

— 1 night
Roubaix is a city in Northern France, located in the Lille metropolitan area. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Vert-Bois, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Christophe, see the interesting displays at La Manufacture, then examine the collection at Musee La Piscine, and finally stroll around Parc du Palais de Justice.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Roubaix attractions planner.

Roubaix is just a short distance from Lille. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Roubaix

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 5 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Palais du Tau and Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun (in Verdun), Verdun Memorial (in Fleury-Devant-Douaumont) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum, do a tasting at Champagne Godme Sabine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue de Champagne, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Remi.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Reims road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roubaix to Reims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Rennes.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Rennes, France

— 4 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mont Saint-Michel and Eglise Toussaints. Popular historic sites such as Bayeux War Cemetery and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rennes side-trips: Le Gouessant (in Lamballe), Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer) and Bayeux (Cave Cidricole Lecornu & Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux). There's lots more to do: stroll through Le Botrai, walk around Parc du Thabor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rennes online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Reims to Rennes by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Saint-Etienne.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Etienne, France

— 2 nights
Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Musee de la mine, examine the collection at Cite du Design, then examine the collection at Musee des Verts, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Site Le Corbusier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): look and learn at Planetarium de Saint-Etienne, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Grand'Eglise.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Etienne attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Rennes to Saint-Etienne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Etienne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Saint-Etienne

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Patek Philippe Museum and CERN. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Anglais, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Etienne to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Chillon and Eglise de Saint-Sulpice. You'll explore and learn at Chaplin's World and Collection de l'Art Brut. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: Gruyeres (Gruyeres Castle & HR Giger Museum). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, and step aboard La Suisse - Belle Epoque - paddle steamboat.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lausanne trip builder.

You can drive from Geneva to Lausanne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Biel.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Biel, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Museum-lovers will get to explore International Museum of Watches and Omega Museum. Popular historic sites such as St. Ursenkathedrale and The Collegiale Church are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Biel side-trips: Chateau de Neuchatel (in Neuchatel), Creux du Van (in Gorgier) and La Chaux-de-Fonds (Villa Schwob & Quartier General, Centre d'Art Contemporain).

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Biel trip site.

Drive from Lausanne to Biel in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Biel can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Biel

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Lugano, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Let the collections at Museo Della Civilta Contadina and Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse capture your imagination. Monte San Giorgio and Santa Maria degli Angioli are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma, and view the masterpieces at Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Biel to Lugano takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Biel in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lugano, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Switzerland

— 1 night
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valle Verzasca, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bellinzona trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Bellinzona takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Bellinzona sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

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

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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.