56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Liege, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Enschede, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Rouen, France
— 5 nights
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Orleans, France
— 3 nights
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Le Mans City, France
— 4 nights
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Train to Antony, Bus to Paris Orly, Fly to Pau
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Pau, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Turin, Italy

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Museo Egizio and Galleria Sabauda capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Milano and Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile. Step out of Turin to go to Milan and see Castello Sforzesco, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Pietro Micca, and admire the masterpieces at Fondazione Merz.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Turin road trip planner.

Milan to Turin is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in June, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Gruyeres Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne) and Bern (Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), Barenpark, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, and get a new perspective on nature at MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Geneva holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Turin to Geneva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Liege.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Liege, Belgium

— 2 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial, and then take an in-depth tour of Bastogne War Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Coteaux de la Citadelle, steep yourself in history at Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), then admire the striking features of Gare de Liege-Guillemins, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery, and finally identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Liege travel route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Geneva 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
To find out how to plan a trip to Maastricht, use our trip itinerary maker.

Maastricht is just a short distance from Liege. In June, daily temperatures in Maastricht can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will leave for Enschede on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Maastricht

Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Enschede, The Netherlands

— 4 nights
Enschede, also known as Eanske in the local dialect of Twents, is a municipality and a city in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel and in the Twente region. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kamp Westerbork and Castle and gardens Twickel. Get out of town with these interesting Enschede side-trips: Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen), Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (in Arnhem) and Natuurgebied Holtingerveld (in Uffelte). Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Enschede trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Enschede takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Enschede

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Panorama Mesdag. Museum-lovers will appreciate Madurodam and Louwman Museum The Hague. Venture out of the city with trips to Haarlem (Teylers Museum, Grote Markt, &more), Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg) and Prison Gate Museum (in The Hague). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), admire the natural beauty at Trompenburg Gardens & Arboretum, get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Enschede to Rotterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 1 night
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 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Begijnhof Hoogstraten, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage, then look for all kinds of wild species at Molsbroek, and finally identify plant and animal life at Damvallei. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, then examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Antwerp travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotterdam to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Antwerp sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Dijlepad, then contemplate the long history of Fort Breendonk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Van Duffel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Rumbold's Cathedral.

Plan a Mechelen trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Antwerp to Mechelen in an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Step out of Brussels to go to Braine-l'Alleud and see Memorial Waterloo 1815, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip website.

You can drive from Mechelen to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Brussels sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more), Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum) and Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, take in the waterfront at Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bruges online route planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Rouen, France

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou. Let the collections at Fondation Claude Monet and Musee Maison Pierre Corneille capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Bayeux ( Bayeux War Cemetery & Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux) and Place Saint-Sauveur (in Caen). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to Vieux Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, and catch all the local highlights with Navigation Normande - Le Havre.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

Drive from Bruges to Rouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Orleans, France

— 3 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Chambord and Orléans Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Cheverny. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orleans: Domaine Merieau (in Montrichard), Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois & Escalier Denis Papin) and Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères (in Ingrannes). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, stroll around Parc Floral de La Source, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville, and contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Orleans trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Orleans takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Le Mans City, France

— 4 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and Notre Dame du Pre. Get out of town with these interesting Le Mans City side-trips: Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine (in Doue-la-Fontaine) and Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Visitation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint-Pierre La Cour, explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, and get engrossed in the history at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Le Mans City trip planning app.

You can drive from Orleans to Le Mans City in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pau.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pau, France

— 2 nights

Royal City

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
On the 18th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau, awaken your taste buds at Cave de Gan - Jurancon, then do a tasting at Cru Lamouroux, and finally take a peaceful walk through Foret de Bastard.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pau trip maker site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Le Mans City to Pau in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. July in Pau sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Pau

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pau to Rome. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pau in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bologna.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Bologna, Italy

— 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica San Vitale and Basilica di San Petronio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Ferrari (in Maranello), Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti (in Modena) and Acetaia Museo Boni (in Castelvetro di Modena). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore, get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, and steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Domenico.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bologna trip site.

Getting from Rome to Bologna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips