55 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

55 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
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Namur, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Moulins, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Baden, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Visit Nyhavn and Kastellet for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Denmark and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Step out of Copenhagen to go to Helsingoer and see Kronborg, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), admire the masterpieces at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiport is Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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 De Duif for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and NEMO Science Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Grote Markt, &more) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, stroll around Vondelpark, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Copenhagen to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Get some historical perspective at Nieuwe Kerk and Madurodam. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Explore The Hague's surroundings by going to Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg), Kijk-Kubus (in Rotterdam) and Rhoonse grienden (in Rhoon). The adventure continues: shop like a local with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Den Haag, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria van Jessekerk, and examine the collection at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace).

Before you visit The Hague, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Amsterdam to The Hague in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in The Hague sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique will appeal to museum buffs. Grand Place and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerp (Rubens House (Rubenshuis), Grote Markt, &more), Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout) and Vismarkt (in Mechelen). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Atomium, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Laeken, contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel route builder tool.

Take a train from The Hague to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Namur.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Namur, Belgium

— 1 night
Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. On the 20th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Herge Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Loup, and then see the interesting displays at Tresor d'Hugo d'Oignies.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Namur tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Brussels to Namur by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Namur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Namur

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Historic Centre of Brugge. You'll explore and learn at Gravensteen and Torture Museum Oude Steen. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges route planner.

You can drive from Namur to Bruges in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 6 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.
Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Eglise Saint-Patrice), Versailles (L'Orangerie & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online visit planner.

Getting from Bruges to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Bruges in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Moulins.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Moulins, France

— 1 night
On the 1st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de Balaine, then see the interesting displays at CNCS - Centre National du Costume de Scene, and then contemplate the long history of Maison Mantin.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moulins trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Paris to Moulins in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Moulins sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Moulins

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 6 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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Picasso are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Le Suquet, Rue d'Antibes, &more). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: stop by Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Moulins to Nice in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Moulins in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the views from Chapel Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, then steep yourself in history at Festung Vitznau, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, get curious at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Lucerne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Baden.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baden, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Baden, sometimes unofficially, to distinguish it from other Badens, called Baden bei Zürich or Baden im Aargau, is a municipality in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hallwyl Castle, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Lenzburg, then see the interesting displays at Augusta Raurica, and finally make a trip to Stadtturm. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Historisches Museum Baden, snap pictures at Limmatsteg, then explore the world behind art at Museum Langmatt, then explore the historical opulence of Ruine Stein, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Romisch Katholische Kirche.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Baden road trip planning website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Baden in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Baden

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Landsgemeindeplatz and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen. Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), St Mauritius Church (in Appenzell) and Uhren Sammlung Kellenberger (in Winterthur). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich holiday planner.

Drive from Baden to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Appreciate the collections at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Australian National Maritime Museum. The Rocks and Chinese Garden of Friendship will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba Cascades (in Katoomba), Corridor of Oaks (in Faulconbridge) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stop by Darling Harbour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online travel route planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Sydney in 25 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 9 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zurich in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Melbourne reach 15°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

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.

South Holland Province travel guide

4.1
Gardens · Specialty Museums · Landmarks

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Namur Province travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Caves · Specialty Museums
Intersected by two major rivers and punctuated by elegant towns, Namur province remains best known for its scenic natural areas. Rocky hills and deep valleys mark the province's northern and central sections, while its southern portion includes a large chunk of the Ardennes, a picturesque wilderness ideal for active vacationers. The city of Namur, located at the confluence of the rivers Meuse and Sambre, contains many of the region's top attractions, including a medieval citadel and a well-preserved old town. A standout among the province's smaller settlements, the riverside town of Dinant offers opportunities for adventure sports like rock climbing and canoeing.

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.

Allier travel guide

3.7
Zoos · Specialty Museums · Churches

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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 Aargau travel guide

4.1
Spas · Room Escape Games · Castles
Relaxation and tranquillity await you at the Canton of Aargau, best known for its hot sulphur and saline springs. The pile-dwellings of Beinwil am See and Seengen, both World Heritage Sites, evidence prehistoric settlements of the Neolithic and Bronze Age, while the villages of Endingen and Lengnau served as the country's Jewish ghetto in the 17th century. The region's heavily wooded plateau interlaced with rivers features plenty of ruined castles, fortresses, and old museums to peak your interest. Tour through local vineyards by foot or bike, or wash your worries away at the famed thermal spas.

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.