56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium

— 4 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 Historic Centre of Brugge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Gravensteen and Ghent City Center for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bruges trip planning tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Bruges is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Grand Place and Serres Royales De Laeken will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerp (Museum Plantin-Moretus, Rubens House (Rubenshuis), &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, see the interesting displays at Atomium, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Brussels sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 6 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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles) and Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paris road trip site.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in June: highs in Paris hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 3 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.
Place de la Bourse and Chateau Panet, Vignobles Carles will appeal to history buffs. French Wine Adventures and St. Andre Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich), Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion) and Hydrosphere Plongee (in Gujan-Mestras). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Maison de la Nature and walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Notre Dame De Constance) and Wine Safari (in Avignon). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Trolib, take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in June, you will find days in Marseille are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Appreciate the collections at Musee Picasso and Palais Lascaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet), Les Jardins du MIP (in Mouans-Sartoux) and Be Free To Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). Next up on the itinerary: visit Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Visit Duomo di Milano and Monumental Cemetery for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Forte Montecchio Nord. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata (in Lodi), Rettoria di Sant'Egidio in Fontanella (in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII) and Bergamo (Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore & La Citta Alta). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and view the masterpieces at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Milan day trip website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, you will find days in Milan are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti) and Siena (San Francesco, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Florence trip planning app.

Take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Stanze di Raffaello capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, admire the striking features of Pantheon, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome holiday planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 6 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are in your itinerary. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more) and Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice online trip maker.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 4 nights

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
MNHM National Museum of Military History and Le Chemin de la Corniche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Letzebuerg City Museum and 385th Bomb Group Memorial Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Luxembourg City: Vianden Castle (in Vianden), Beaufort Castles (in Beaufort) and Eglise St. Laurent (in Diekirch). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art), admire the masterpieces at Villa Vauban - Musee d'Art de la Ville de Luxembourg, steep yourself in history at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), and take an in-depth tour of Fort Thungen.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City trip website.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Luxembourg City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Luxembourg City to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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

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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.