58 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

58 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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58 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen, Denmark
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
7
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
10
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
12
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen, Denmark

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Opal Reef in Port Douglas--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip tool .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Port Douglas
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah) and Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in March; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Australia Zoo, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Mooloolaba Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

5
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.
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and Hyde Park Barracks Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and The Three Sisters (in Katoomba). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The National Pass, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, The Three Sisters
Highlights from your plan
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some historical perspective at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Gallery of Victoria and Royal Botanic Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: William Ricketts Sanctuary (in Mount Dandenong), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Sorrento) and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

RAAF Museum, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Glasi Hergiswil. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Uferpromenade Weggis (in Weggis), Rapperswil (Capuchin Friary & Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden) and Lucerne (Hofkirche & Chapel Bridge). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Zurich in 25 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect Zurich to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rapperswil, Lucerne, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Uferpromenade Weggis, Fondation Beyeler
Highlights from your plan
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 24th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and finally take a memorable drive along Gornergrat.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Scenic Drive Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Popular historic sites such as Palais Lascaris and Vieille Ville are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Lou Ferouil (in Gilette), La Maison du Portal (in Levens) and Utelle (La Madone d'Utelle & Église Saint Veran). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Peace Abbey.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Zermatt to Nice in 8 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Entrevaux, Utelle, Coaraze, St-Paul-de-Vence
Highlights from your plan
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

4
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Appreciate the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Granet. Popular historic sites such as Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Musee des Chantiers Naval (in La Ciotat). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, browse the exhibits of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Hyeres, Palais des Papes, Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Highlights from your plan
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vieux Lyon and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Appreciate the collections at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee de Grenoble. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle Saint-Vincent. (in Irouleguy), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and La Vieille Ville (in Annecy). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder app .

You can take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Grenoble, Chapelle Saint-Vincent., Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, La Vieille Ville
Highlights from your plan
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres), Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, Chateau de Chambord, Chartres Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bastogne War Museum and Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Atomium, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels vacation maker .

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Bastogne War Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gravensteen and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Western Cemetery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip planner .

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Bruges sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

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
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©

7
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Zaanse Schans. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum), World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk) and The Hague (Madurodam & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, take an in-depth tour of Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Haarlem, Zaanse Schans, World Heritage Kinderdijk
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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