59 days in Europe Itinerary

59 days in Europe Itinerary

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59 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cologne, Germany
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 15​min
1
Aarhus, Denmark
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Bern, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
4
Nice, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Lourdes, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Toulouse, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Bayeux, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Rouen, France
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
12
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Cologne, Germany

5
nights
Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus ©
Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Step off the beaten path and head to Den Gamle By and Gammel Estrup The Danish Manor Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Moesgaard Museum and Spoettrup Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Bindeballe Kobmandsgaard (in Randboel), Trapholt (in Kolding) and Thorsminde (Thorsminde Kirke & Strandingsmuseum St. George). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, steep yourself in history at Danmarks Industrimuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mollestien, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ellinge Church.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aarhus trip planner .

Cologne, Germany to Aarhus is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cologne in March: highs in Aarhus hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Thorsminde, Skovby Kirke, Gendarmstien, Gammel Estrup The Danish Manor Museum, Danmarks Industrimuseum
Highlights from your plan
Den Gamle By ©
Den Gamle By
Moesgaard Museum ©
Moesgaard Museum
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum

5
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nyhavn and Kronborg. Visit Rosenborg Castle and Frederiksborg Castle for their historical value. Take a break from Copenhagen with a short trip to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Christiansborg Slot, wander the streets of Stroeget, see the interesting displays at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Aarhus to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Bern.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kronborg, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Frederiksborg Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Kronborg ©
Kronborg
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

4
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Fondation Beyeler and Chaplin's World will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de St-Pierre. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Heiternplatz (in Zofingen), Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, look for all kinds of wild species at Rochers des Sommetres, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bern, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Copenhagen to Bern in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Copenhagen in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Bern, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bern

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lausanne, Basel Minster, Fondation Beyeler, Castle of Gruyeres, Creux du Van
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Saint-Paul de Vence. Let the collections at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee des Coquillages capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at La Maison du Portal, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice journey website .

Getting from Bern to Nice by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Bern in March, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Coaraze, Utelle, Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

5
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Eglise St-Trophime. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Musee Departemental Arles Antique (in Arles) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at La Route du Sel, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Consolation, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip planner .

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arles, Hyeres, Palais des Papes, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Sentier du Littoral
Highlights from your plan
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

5
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Château de Pau will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes and Basilique Saint-Pie X. Get out of town with these interesting Lourdes side-trips: Pont d'Espagne (in Cauterets), Cirque de Lescun (in Lescun) and Boulevard des Pyrenees (in Pau). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, step into the grandiose world of Château de Mauléon, identify plant and animal life at Coline de la Bergerie, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lourdes journey maker website .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Lourdes in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in March, Lourdes is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mauleon-Licharre, Hendaye, Pau, Bayonne, Pont d'Espagne
Highlights from your plan
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X
Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes

4
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Cathar Castles. Let the collections at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Grotte du Pech-Merle capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau), Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse, La Foret des Singes, & more) and Musee Soulages (in Rodez). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, and contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Toulouse trip planner .

You can drive from Lourdes to Toulouse in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Rocamadour, Albi, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Château de Salses
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses

4
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Airborne Museum. Get some cultural insight at Pointe du Hoc and Normandy American Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes (in Huisnes sur Mer) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, identify plant and animal life at Dunes d'Hattainville, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and head outdoors with Omaha Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner .

You can fly from Toulouse to Bayeux in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Bayeux is slightly colder than Toulouse - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Memorial de Caen, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, Pointe du Grouin, Airborne Museum
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

5
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Appreciate the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and V1 Site at Val Ygot. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Eglise St-Joseph. Venture out of the city with trips to Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont), Chateau de Mesnieres (in Mesnieres-en-Bray) and Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, walk around Parc et Jardin du Chateau de Vandrimare, take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Martainville, and examine the collection at Musee de la Corderie Vallois.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen road trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, L'Arche Feline, Le Bois des Aigles, Musee de la Corderie Vallois, Eglise St-Joseph
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
Eglise St-Joseph ©
Eglise St-Joseph

6
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. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Fontainebleau, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Bastogne War Museum. Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Mardasson Memorial. Step out of Brussels to go to Bouillon and see Chateau de Bouillon, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Atomium, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken, and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brussels visit planner.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bastogne, Chateau de Bouillon
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gravensteen and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica of the Holy Blood and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Begijnhof (in Kortrijk), Ghent (Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve & St. Nicholas' Cathedral) and Zonnebeke (Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 & Battle of Polygon Wood). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bruges are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ghent, Zonnebeke, Hooge Crater museum, Begijnhof, German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©

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