55 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

55 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lyon, France
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Plougonvelin, France
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Paris, France
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Brussels, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady and then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, then step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Graslei and Korenlei.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Antwerp trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Liege to Antwerp is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands

The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at VVV Bezoekerscentrum De Moriaan, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Noordbrabants Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum de Dreijen, then examine the collection at Airborne Museum at Hartenstein, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Airborne Cemetery, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Informatiecentrum De Polen van Driel.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Den Bosch travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Den Bosch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Den Bosch are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Utrecht.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
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Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kasteel de Haar, steep yourself in history at Dom Tower, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Utrecht tour planner.

Traveling by car from Den Bosch to Utrecht takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

5
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. Venture out of the city with trips to Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg), Nieuwe Kerk (in Delft) and Haarlem (Teylers Museum, Grote Markt, &more). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, and contemplate the long history of Papiermolen De Schoolmeester/moulin a papier De Schoolmeester.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam vacation builder.

Drive from Utrecht to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Sydney, Australia

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Corridor of Oaks (in Faulconbridge), Katoomba Cascades (in Katoomba) and Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Amsterdam to Sydney by flight takes about 25 hours. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Piazza Navona are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Convento di San Cosimato (in Vicovaro) and Tivoli (Riserva Naturale Monte Catillo, Villa d'Este, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rome day trip planning website.

Fly from Sydney to Rome in 25 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Rome hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti) and Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online trip maker.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. June in Florence sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Bologna, Italy

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti and Museo Civico Medievale will appeal to museum buffs. Basilica San Vitale and Piazza Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Museo Ferrari (in Maranello), Mantua (Il Museo Storico dei Vigili del Fuoco & Palazzo Te) and MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari (in Modena). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, identify plant and animal life at Il Villaggio delle Cicogne, contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, and make a trip to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bologna road trip website.

You can take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Bologna sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Villa Carlotta. Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Oasi della Bruschera (in Angera), Il Regno Dei Rapaci (in Gessate) and Museo Egizio (in Turin). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, get curious at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo.

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

Traveling by train from Bologna to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Friedhof Fluntern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (The Rosengart Collection, Bourbaki Panorama, &more) and Bern (Galerie Rigassi by SOON, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and see the interesting displays at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zurich online day trip planner.

You can drive from Milan to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in July, expect Zurich to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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Lyon, France

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.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lyon, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Plougonvelin.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites

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Plougonvelin, France

Plougonvelin is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.PopulationInhabitants of Plougonvelin are called in French Plougonvelinois.Breton languageThe municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on June 16, 2005.In 2008, 8.44% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.SightsThe commune contains the Abbaye de Saint-Mathieu. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): hike along Pointe de Corsen, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memoires 39-45, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare Saint-Mathieu, and finally enjoy the sea views from Pointe Saint-Mathieu.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Plougonvelin online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Plougonvelin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lyon in July; daily highs in Plougonvelin reach 23°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Plougonvelin

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Paris, France

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Fondation Claude Monet. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Versailles (Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, see some colorful creatures with Paris Plongee, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip planner.

Getting from Plougonvelin to Paris by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Plougonvelin in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Brussels, Belgium

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.
Groeningemuseum and Atomium will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Step out of Brussels to go to Bruges and see Belfry of Bruges, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Grand Place, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, steep yourself in history at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip maker tool.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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.

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.

Utrecht Province travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Observation Decks

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Emilia-Romagna travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Emilia-Romagna is one of Europe's wealthiest and most developed areas, stretching between the Po Valley in the north and the Apennine Mountains in the south. This is a land of diverse people and diverse landscapes. The striking contrast between the mountainous areas and the long Adriatic coastline offers some of Italy's most spectacular views. The region has a rich cultural and artistic heritage, with a vibrant music scene that is quickly gaining international prestige. Emilia-Romagna produces a range of fine wines as well as a variety of culinary delights, including gold-colored egg pastas like tortellini and tagliatelle. Farther from the tourism-driven coastal areas, the region features a tranquil countryside dotted with parks and nature preserves, ideal for those looking to spend some time hiking, horseback riding, or cycling on their holiday.

Lombardy travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
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.

France travel guide

4.2
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.

Brittany travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.

Ile-de-France travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Île-de-France offers a wealth of treasures from its Parisian urban culture and natural frontiers to its romantic river walks along artistic landscapes that continue to inspire painters. The heartland of the country is like a miniature version of France as a whole, offering a sample of everything you've come to expect in the country: charming villages, museums, cathedrals, châteaux, parks, forests, river lands, and world-class shopping and restaurants, of course. Many locals still refer to the region as Région Parisienne or RP, because it's the most populated and affluent metropolitan area of the country. Although this region is small, it has borne witness to great historical battles, canvasses painted by old masters, and centuries of royalty, as evidenced by its wealth of attractions. Your vacation in the economic, religious, and political hub of France brings you up close and personal with diverse historical monuments, the pink turrets of Disney's castle, and the three surrounding rivers: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.