55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Lucerne
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hyeres, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 8 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 6 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Landesmuseum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Schachmuseum and Kunsthalle Luzern will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, get engrossed in the history at Alte Apotheke, take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, and see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

Montlhery, France to Lucerne is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Musee Picasso and Musee des Arts Asiatiques de Nice will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Ville medieval (in Vence), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Les Murs Peints, &more) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and examine the collection at Palais Lascaris.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice day trip planner.

You can fly from Lucerne to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Hyeres, France

— 5 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chartreuse de la Verne and Notre Dame du Mai. Museum-lovers will appreciate Chateau de la Clapiere and Musee Ciotaden. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol), La Calanque de Figuerolles (in La Ciotat) and La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

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

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in June, Hyeres is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateaux de Lastours and O'Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Source du Frejo (in Olargues) and Terre Liquide (in Mons). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne route planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mont Saint-Michel and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Appreciate the collections at Airborne Museum and Musee du debarquement. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer) and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online trip builder.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in June: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, take a stroll through Le Marais, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris holiday planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Atomium. Grand Place and Serres Royales De Laeken will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (Museum Plantin-Moretus, Rubens House (Rubenshuis), &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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 Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen. Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, St. Nicholas' Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges route site.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 8 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.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Nieuwe Kerk (in Delft), Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, stop by The Jordaan, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam route tool.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

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.

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.