59 days in Western Europe Itinerary

59 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 12 nights
Drive
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Le Port-Marly, France
— 1 day
Drive
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Versailles, France
— 2 nights
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Fontainebleau, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chambord, France
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Taxi to Pontorson Mont St Michel, Train to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
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Nimes, France
— 4 nights
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Arles, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
— 8 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 5 nights
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Larochette, Luxembourg
— 1 day
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Vianden, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Mullerthal, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

— 12 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Eglise Val-de-Grace, Tour de l'Horloge, and other attractions. The adventure continues: make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Paris reach 77°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Le Port-Marly.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Le Port-Marly, France

— 1 day
Le Port-Marly is a commune in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France in north-central France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House as well as Parc de Marly. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Parc de Marly and then take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Le Port-Marly day trip app.

Drive from Paris to Le Port-Marly in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Le Port-Marly are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Le Port-Marly

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Versailles, France

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then stroll through Fondation Claude Monet, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles, admire the striking features of The Hall of Mirrors, then don't miss a visit to The Water Parterres, then admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Versailles trip itinerary builder.

Versailles is just a stone's throw from Le Port-Marly. In August in Versailles, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Fontainebleau, France

— 2 nights
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Your list of things to see and do now includes Moret-sur-Loing, Chateau De Courances, Chateau de Fontainebleau, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Fontainebleau and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Moret-sur-Loing, take in panoramic vistas at La Tour Cesar, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau De Courances.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Fontainebleau road trip planning tool.

Drive from Versailles to Fontainebleau in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Fontainebleau are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chambord.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chambord, France

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Troussay. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, step into the grandiose world of Domaine National de Chambord, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Troussay. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chambord day trip site.

Traveling by car from Fontainebleau to Chambord takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Chambord sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, then get outside with Avel Char, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Saint-Michel Bay. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel online trip planner.

Drive from Chambord to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 4 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 Comedie has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux travel planner.

Fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

— 3 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chateau de Monbazillac, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Chateau de Saint-Genies, and other attractions. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, Grotte de Clamouse, and other attractions you added. Venture out of the city with trips to Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Church of Les Jacobins, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To plan Carcassonne vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nimes, France

— 4 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Montferrand, Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine, Grotte de Saint Marcel, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple de Diane.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nimes holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Nimes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Nimes sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Arles, France

— 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Salin d'Aigues-Mortes as well as Haut de Cagnes. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Arles using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nimes to Arles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Arles, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 5 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.
You've added Belvedere de Sugiton, Calanque de Maubois, Cape Canaille, and other attractions to your itinerary. When in Marseille, make a side trip to see Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence in Aix-en-Provence, approximately Aix-en-Provence away. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Marseille road trip website.

Traveling by car from Arles to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 8 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, L'Usine des Eaux de Cuire, Le Bourg Medieval de Villerest, and other attractions. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lyon tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Marseille to Lyon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in September, things will get slightly colder in Lyon: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Wed) before leaving for Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Free Walking Tours Luxembourg- Twenty Tour, Villa Vauban - Musee d'Art de la Ville de Luxembourg, Grand-Chateau d'Ansembourg, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, enjoy breathtaking views from Pfaffenthal Lift / Aufzug/ Scenic lift, Head underground at Petrusse Casemates, and steep yourself in history at Holy Ghost Citadel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Luxembourg City trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Lyon to Luxembourg City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lyon in September: high temperatures in Luxembourg City hover around 66°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Larochette.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Larochette, Luxembourg

— 1 day
Larochette is a commune and town in central Luxembourg, in the canton of Mersch. Chateau d'Useldange has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Pettingen Castle, step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Useldange, and then step into the grandiose world of Larochette Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Larochette trip itinerary website.

Larochette is very close to Luxembourg City. In October, daily temperatures in Larochette can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Vianden.

Things to do in Larochette

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vianden, Luxembourg

— 1 night
Known for its stunning white-stone castle and its position in the Our valley, Vianden centers around a single cobbled street stretching from the River Our to its famous palace gates.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Altstadt Vianden. as well as Bourscheid Castle.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vianden online itinerary planner.

Vianden is very close to Larochette. October in Vianden sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Mullerthal.

Things to do in Vianden

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mullerthal, Luxembourg

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Beaufort Castles as well as Mullerthal Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mullerthal trip maker app.

Mullerthal is just a stone's throw from Vianden. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Mullerthal

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · 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.