57 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

57 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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57 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Inverness, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Fort William, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Ambleside, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
12
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
13
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Paris, France

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk), The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), contemplate the waterfront views at Het Twiske, look for all kinds of wild species at Uitkijkduin Petten, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker .

Paris, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. March in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Regte Heide & Riels Laag, Uitkijkduin Petten
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

4
nights
Inverness, United Kingdom

Inverness ©
Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Nigg Old Church and Kincardine Old Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tarbat Discovery Centre and Clan Macpherson Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse (in Portmahomack), Laidhay Croft Museum (in Dunbeath) and RSPB - Insh Marshes (in Kingussie). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, stroll the grounds of Wardlaw Mausoleum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Strathfarrar, and see the interesting displays at ShipSpace.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Inverness holiday builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Inverness takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Inverness due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Inverness

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portmahomack, Beauly, Highland Falconry at The Struy Inn, Kincardine Old Church, RSPB - Insh Marshes
Highlights from your plan
RSPB - Insh Marshes ©
RSPB - Insh Marshes
Nigg Old Church ©
Nigg Old Church
Tarbat Discovery Centre ©
Tarbat Discovery Centre

4
nights
Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William ©
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Museum-lovers will appreciate Treasures of the Earth and Land Sea and Islands Centre. Get some historical perspective at Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan and Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Walks. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle Tioram (in Doirlinn), John O' Groats (in Airor) and Laggan (Laggan Parish Church & Well of the Seven Heads). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Highland Titles Nature Reserve, explore the ancient world of Invergarry Castle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camas nan Geall, and get engrossed in the history at Glencoe Folk Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fort William planning site .

You can drive from Inverness to Fort William in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Fort William

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Glencoe Village, Invergarry, Glenfinnan, Laggan, Brochs at Glenelg - Dun Telve & Dun Troddan
Highlights from your plan
Highland Titles Nature Reserve ©
Highland Titles Nature Reserve
Castle Tioram ©
Castle Tioram
Glen Etive ©
Glen Etive

4
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Scotland and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Step out of Edinburgh to go to Glasgow and see Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at BobCat Alpacas, explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery, enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Giles' Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort William to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Edinburgh are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Ambleside.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

4
nights
Ambleside, United Kingdom

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castle Crag and Brough Castle. Lakeland Motor Museum and Merz Barn will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Predator Experience (in Ayside), Grange-over-Sands (St Paul's Church, Grange over Sands & The Beach Hut Gallery) and St Andrew's church (in Penrith). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Alpacaly Ever After, pause for some serene contemplation at Keld Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve, and don't miss a visit to St Lawrence Church.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ambleside trip planner .

Drive from Edinburgh to Ambleside in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Caernarfon.

Things to do in Ambleside

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Penrith, Grange-over-Sands, Grange-in-Borrowdale, Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness
Highlights from your plan
Predator Experience ©
Predator Experience
Castle Crag ©
Castle Crag
Lakeland Motor Museum ©
Lakeland Motor Museum

4
nights
Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Caernarfon ©
Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yr Ysgwrn and Marble Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St Gwyddelan's Church and Penmon Priory. Venture out of the city with trips to Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve (in Bethesda), Saint Marks's Brithdir (in Brithdir) and Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber (in Dyffryn Ardudwy). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Panorama Walk, examine the collection at Sir Henry Jones Museum, contemplate the long history of Y Lasynys Fawr, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Beuno's Church.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Caernarfon journey planning app .

You can drive from Ambleside to Caernarfon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Caernarfon are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Things to do in Caernarfon

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Llangernyw, Conwy, Panorama Walk, Marble Church, Penmon Priory
Highlights from your plan
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve ©
Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve
Yr Ysgwrn ©
Yr Ysgwrn
Conwy Castle ©
Conwy Castle

4
nights
Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom

Bourton-on-the-Water ©
Bourton-on-the-Water is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England that lies on a wide flat vale within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Combe Mill and Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as St Mary's Church and Hailes Church are in your itinerary. Explore Bourton-on-the-Water's surroundings by going to St Mary's Church (in Halford), St. Mary's Church (in Fairford) and Cirencester (Parish Church of St John Baptist & Corinium Museum). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Greystones Farm, steep yourself in history at Lodge Park and Sherborne Estate, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Edward's Church, and don't miss a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bourton-on-the-Water journey planner.

You can drive from Caernarfon to Bourton-on-the-Water in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bath.

Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Water

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Winchcombe, Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford
Highlights from your plan
St Mary's Church ©
St Mary's Church
Hailes Church ©
Hailes Church
Combe Mill ©
Combe Mill

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Roman Baths and Purton Ships Graveyard. Stonehenge and Castle Combe Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Malmesbury Market Cross (in Malmesbury), Wells Cathedral (in Wells) and St. Andrew's Church (in Castle Combe). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Walks With Hawks, steep yourself in history at Old Baptist Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bath Abbey, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary de Crypt Church.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bath sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bourton-on-the-Water to Bath in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Castle Combe, Malmesbury Market Cross, St. James Church
Highlights from your plan
Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The British Museum and National Gallery. Visit Westminster Abbey and Churchill War Rooms for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, and brush up on your military savvy at Imperial War Museums.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the London holiday planner.

You can take a train from Bath to London in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
The British Museum ©
The British Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

4
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
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 Friet Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Gravensteen, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, admire the masterpieces at Gruuthusemuseum, and take an in-depth tour of Folklore Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges day trip planner.

Traveling by car from London to Bruges takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Bruges. In April in Bruges, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ghent
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

4
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Visit Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) for their historical value. Atomium and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Chocolate Nation in Antwerp (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brussels tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Brussels, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Chocolate Nation
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum. Get a sense of the local culture at Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery) and Grossmunster. Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Lucerne (Lion Monument & Biosphaere Entlebuch). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, get a taste of the local shopping with ARTBOX.GALLERY, view the masterpieces at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, and make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich route planning tool .

You can fly from Brussels to Zurich in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Macquarie Lighthouse. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Sydney takes 24 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Sydney is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Melbourne reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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