56 days in The Netherlands, France & Switzerland Itinerary

56 days in The Netherlands, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Deventer, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Breda, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 4 nights
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Orleans, France
— 5 nights
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Rouen, France
— 5 nights
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Calais, France
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Fries Museum, explore the world behind art at Het Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, and then wander the streets of Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Station Leeuwarden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rijksmonument Waterpoort Sneek uit 1613, then steep yourself in history at UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, then engage your brain at Eise Eisinga Planetarium, and finally steep yourself in history at Poptaslot/Heringastate.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Leeuwarden itinerary builder.

Amsterdam to Leeuwarden is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In June in Leeuwarden, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Deventer.

Things to do in Leeuwarden

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Deventer, The Netherlands

— 5 nights
Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Get some cultural insight at Airborne Cemetery and Kroller-Muller Museum. Popular historic sites such as Holten Canadian War Cemetery and Kasteel Doorwerth are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deventer: Kootwijkerzand (in Kootwijk), Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster) and Arnhem (Nederlands Openluchtmuseum & Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Het Lutterzand, pause for some photo ops at Wilhelminafontein, take in the pleasant sights at Pleisterplaats De Barkel, and don't miss a visit to De Brink.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Deventer online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Leeuwarden to Deventer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Deventer, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Breda.

Things to do in Deventer

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Breda, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St. John's Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Noordbrabants Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jozef Kerk.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Breda road trip site.

Drive from Deventer to Breda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to The Hague.

Things to do in Breda

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Madurodam will appeal to museum buffs. Grote Markt and Cathedral of Saint Bavo will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around The Hague: Haarlem (The Corrie ten Boom House, Stadhuis Haarlem, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our The Hague online journey maker.

Getting from Breda to The Hague by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in The Hague sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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 Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles and Kijk-Kubus. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nieuwe Kerk and Canals area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotterdam: Kasteel de Haar (in Haarzuilens), World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk) and Utrecht (Pieterskerk Utrecht uit 1039, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rotterdam Zoo, browse the different shops at Markthal, and make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam travel route website.

Getting from The Hague to Rotterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and St Mauritius Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Landesmuseum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR (in Stein) and Lucerne (Lucerne Station, Chapel Bridge, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zurich route site.

Getting from Rotterdam to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Mosesbrunnen. You'll explore and learn at Gruyeres Castle and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Venture out of the city with trips to Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding), Maennlichen (in Grindelwald) and HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bern online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Bern sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Visit Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Patek Philippe Museum and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Anglais, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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 St. Andre Cathedral are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate La Cite du Vin and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Eglise de Saint Astier (in Saint-Astier) and Lascaux Caves 4 (in Montignac). There's lots more to do: stroll through Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Monbazillac, stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux visit planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Rochelle, France

— 4 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Let the collections at New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde) and Association Hermione-La Fayette capture your imagination. Phare des Baleines and Phare Rouge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re) and Croisieres Fourasines (in Port-des-Barques). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle travel planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bordeaux in July, plan for slightly colder days in La Rochelle, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Orleans.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orleans, France

— 5 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord. Popular historic sites such as Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Chateau de Villandry are in your itinerary. Explore Orleans' surroundings by going to Chateau Royal d'Amboise (in Amboise), Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais (in Autreche) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Escalier Denis Papin, and contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot.

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Getting from La Rochelle to Orleans by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rouen, France

— 5 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Appreciate the collections at Fondation Claude Monet and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre), Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux (in Bayeux). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, see the interesting displays at Musee Secq des Tournelles, make a trip to Vieux Rouen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rouen trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Rouen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Calais.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Calais, France

— 5 nights

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Appreciate the collections at La Coupole and La Cite De La Dentelle Et De La Mode De Calais. Etaples Military Cemetery and Les Baraques Military Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Calais: Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette (in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire), Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer (in Boulogne-sur-Mer) and Eglise Saint-Vaast (in Bethune). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Omer Cathedrale, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Calais trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Rouen to Calais in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Calais are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Calais

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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 · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.