56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Drive
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Soleure, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Train
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sluis, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Venice
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
Train
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Le Claux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Soleure, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Latenium Parc et musee d'archeologie and Naturmuseum Solothurn will appeal to museum buffs. Kloster Mariastein and Jesuitenkirche will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Soleure: Lindt Chocolate Shop Olten (in Olten), La Chaux-de-Fonds (International Museum of Watches & Quartier General, Centre d'Art Contemporain) and Heiternplatz (in Zofingen).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Soleure online trip builder.

Bern to Soleure is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Soleure

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Let the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Landesmuseum and Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen) and Uhren Sammlung Kellenberger (in Winterthur). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Soleure to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Visit Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and Frans Hals Museum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), Haarlem (Teylers Museum & Grote Markt) and Lentevreugd (in Wassenaar). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sluis.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sluis, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Sluis is the name of both a municipality and a town located in the west of Zeelandic Flanders, in the south-western part of the Netherlands.The current incarnation of the municipality exists since on 1 January 2003. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Gemeentelijk Archeologisch Museum Aardenburg, engage your brain at Industrieel Museum Zeeland IMZ, then look for gifts at Slijterij-Wijnhandel de Vuurtoren, and finally see the interesting displays at Bizarium. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museum Het Belfort, then get outside with Husky Safari - Day Tours, and then stop by Het Vlaemsche Erfgoed.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sluis trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Sluis in 3 hours. In March in Sluis, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Sluis

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 5 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.
Visit Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco for their historical value. Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Correr will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more) and Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Casa di Giulietta, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, and explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sluis to Venice. Traveling from Sluis in March, you will find days in Venice are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can fly to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Stanze di Raffaello. Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Cupola di San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome journey planner.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Rome, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 6 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Florence Academy of Fine Arts and The Baptistery of St. John. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Siena (Piazza del Campo, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Milano and Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore. You'll explore and learn at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Museo Egizio. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza) and Turin ( Museum of the Risorgimento, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Milan itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 7 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Lascaris and Musée Marc Chagall. Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice tour planner.

You can drive from Milan to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Milan in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Le Claux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Le Claux, France

— 2 nights
Le Claux is a commune in the Cantal department in south-central France. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Maison de la Salers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Mathieu de Salers, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de Salers Maison dite des Templiers, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Esplanade de Barrouze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): head outdoors with Ecole de Parapente Puy-Mary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leger de Cheylade, then admire the verdant scenery at Cascade des Veyrines, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Auzers, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de la Tremoliere.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Le Claux trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Nice to Le Claux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nice in April, expect Le Claux to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Le Claux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 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 some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles & Palace of Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and admire the landmark architecture of La Madeleine.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Le Claux to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.

Canton of Zurich travel guide

4.1
Bodies of Water · Zoos · Mountains
Featuring over 50 museums and 100 art galleries, world-renowned shopping and exuberant nightlife, the Canton of Zurich is home to the bustling metropolis of the same name that overlooks Lake Zurich at the base the of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues, where you'll find high fashion labels, jewelry, and watches. Art lovers will relish the Kunsthaus and Rietberg museums, while hiking enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby trails. The places to visit offer a little something for everyone, from the hundreds of animals at the Zurich Zoo, to the party animals at the many nightclubs.

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.

Zeeland Province travel guide

3.9
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Beaches

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

Lombardy travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.

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.

Cantal travel guide

4.2
Castles · Wildlife Areas · Specialty Museums