56 days in Belgium, France & Switzerland Itinerary

56 days in Belgium, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Antwerp, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
Train
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Ghent, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
Fly
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zofingen, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights

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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Van Duffel and Beguinage. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Our Lady and Gemeentehuis Westerlo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antwerp: Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout), Kinderboerderij Mikerf (in Brasschaat) and TODI - The Ultimate Diving Experience (in Beringen). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, wander the streets of Zurenborg, look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Antwerp day trip planning app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Antwerp is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Beguinage ©
Religious Site
Beguinage
4.7
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
Specialty Museum
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
4.3

6
nights
Brussels, Belgium

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 Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are in your itinerary. Step out of Brussels to go to Braine-l'Alleud and see Memorial Waterloo 1815, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

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6
nights
Bruges, Belgium

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.
Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Musée d'Histoire naturelle & Vivarium (in Tournai) and Zilver Cruys Winery (in Boezinge). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bruges road trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Groeningemuseum ©
Art Museum
Groeningemuseum
4.3
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
World heritage site
Historic Centre of Brugge
4.8

5
nights
Ghent, Belgium

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 some cultural insight at Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ghent City Center and St Michael's Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Ghent side-trips: Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (in Zonnebeke), Begijnhof (in Dendermonde) and Sauna Cocaj (in Zwevegem). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Molsbroek, see the interesting displays at Museum Dr. Guislain, take in the local highlights with Viva's Ghent Free Tours, and take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent road trip site.

Drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Ghent sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Gravensteen ©
Castle
Gravensteen
4.4
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
4.6

7
nights
Paris, France

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and French Arts Factory. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Eiffel Tower ©
Must see
Eiffel Tower
4.5
Louvre Museum ©
Must see
Louvre Museum
4.6
Musee d'Orsay ©
Must see
Musee d'Orsay
4.7

4
nights
Marseille, France

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.
Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles) and Musee Granet (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Trolib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, get a new perspective on things with Peche. Calanques. Com, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Sentier Du Lezard.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Trolib ©
Must see
Trolib
4.7
Palais des Papes ©
World heritage site
Palais des Papes
4.3

7
nights
Nice, France

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.
Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Croisette and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Le Suquet, &more), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague (in Valbonne). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Nice, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Vieille Ville ©
Must see
Vieille Ville
4.7
La Croisette ©
Neighborhood
La Croisette
3.9

4
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get some historical perspective at Forum of Swiss History Schwyz and Museggmauer. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Chiesa Parrochiale di San Martino. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Hightide Kayak School (in Boenigen), Bern (Barenpark & Museum of Communication) and Maennlichen (in Grindelwald). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche, get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Lucerne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in April; daily highs in Lucerne reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zofingen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Maennlichen ©
Mountain
Maennlichen
4.7
Mt Pilatus ©
Wildlife Area
Mt Pilatus
4.7
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
World heritage site
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
4.7

5
nights
Zofingen, Switzerland

Zofingen is a city in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland. Museum fur Musikautomaten and Jura World of Coffee are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Museum Burghalde and Legionaerspfad Vindonissa capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Zofingen: Klingnauer Stausee (in Klingnau), Peakdivers (in Bunzen) and Kloster Konigsfelden (in Windisch). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Heiternplatz, sample the tasty concoctions at Brauerei Feldschlosschen, see the interesting displays at Stiftung Bahnpark Region Brugg, and admire the landmark architecture of Obertorturm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zofingen trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zofingen in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Zofingen

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Museum fur Musikautomaten ©
Specialty Museum
Museum fur Musikautomaten
4.6
Jura World of Coffee ©
Specialty Museum
Jura World of Coffee
4.4
Legionaerspfad Vindonissa ©
Specialty Museum
Legionaerspfad Vindonissa
4.4

6
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. Visit Old Town and Church of St. Peter for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Heididorf (in Maienfeld) and Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen). There's much more to do: test the waters at Alpenbad, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, look for all kinds of wild species at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Zofingen to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Alpenbad ©
Must see
Alpenbad
4.9
Old Town ©
Neighborhood
Old Town
4.6

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