56 days in Belgium, France & Sweden Itinerary

56 days in Belgium, France & Sweden Itinerary

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Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Arras, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Tende
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Tende, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 5 nights
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Gothenburg, Sweden
— 5 nights
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Abisko, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 6 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Valkenburg

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Beguinage and MAS - Museum aan de Stroom. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Our Lady and Carolus Borromeus Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Antwerp: Begijnhof Hoogstraten (in Hoogstraten) and Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Orsini Diamonds, get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, make a trip to Grote Markt, and examine the collection at Red Star Line Museum.

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

Valkenburg, The Netherlands to Antwerp is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In March, daytime highs in Antwerp are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

6
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. Museum-lovers will appreciate Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, and admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Visit Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Begijnhof and STAM Ghent City Museum. Step out of Ghent to go to Lokeren and see Molsbroek, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, examine the collection at Huis Arnold Vander Haeghen, take in the local highlights with Viva's Ghent Free Tours, and stop by Dille and Kamille.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ghent journey planner.

Drive from Brussels to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Ghent are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

5
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Bruges, Belgium

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Museum-lovers will get to explore Groeningemuseum and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Tobacco Museum (in Wervik) and Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Bruges online route maker.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Arras.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

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Arras, France

Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
On the 20th (Sat), test your team's savvy at Escape Mind, examine the collection at Musée du Louvre-Lens, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arras trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Bruges to Arras by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Arras are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Arras

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, visit Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

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Getting from Arras to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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Bordeaux, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, then identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, and then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Maison de la Nature, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tende.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tende, France

Tende is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.GeographyTende is located within Mercantour National Park in the French Alps. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame des Fontaines, take an in-depth tour of La Maison du Patrimoine, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Tende, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Collegiale Notre-Dame-De-L'Assomption, and finally examine the collection at Musée des Merveilles. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Fort Central and then take a memorable tour with Bureau des Guides du Mercantour.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tende trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bordeaux to Tende. When traveling from Bordeaux in March, plan for slightly colder days in Tende, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Tende

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Nice, France

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.
Appreciate the collections at Palais Lascaris and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Vieille Ville. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence & Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs), Menton (La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs & Les Jardins Bioves) and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Arboretum du Mont-Gros & Promenade Le Corbusier). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse), and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice visit planning app.

Getting from Tende to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tende in March, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Marseille, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and then hike along Sentier du Littoral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and then identify plant and animal life at Le Sentier Du Lezard.

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

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fourviere Hill and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Les Grottes de La Balme (in La Balme-les-Grottes), Resonance Canyon (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour) and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, examine the collection at Le couvent, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de Grenoble.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

You can take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or fly. In April in Lyon, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Gothenburg, Sweden

Little London

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Haga and Aeroseum. Appreciate the collections at No Limit Street Art Boras and Universeum. Venture out of the city with trips to Vandringsleden runt Marstrandson (in Marstrand), Stangehuvud Naturreservat (in Lysekil) and Tjurpannans Naturreservat (in Grebbestad). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Roro naturreservat, trek along Komosse Naturreservat, and stroll through Kypegardens walking trail.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gothenburg day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Gothenburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lyon in April, with highs in Gothenburg at 12°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Abisko.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Abisko, Sweden

Abisko's northern location free of light pollution makes it home to one of the greatest displays of the Northern Lights and midnight suns.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the activities along Tornetrask and then head outdoors with Lights Over Lapland. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through LapplandMedia & PhotoAdventures.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Abisko road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Gothenburg to Abisko in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gothenburg in April, you will find days in Abisko are a bit cooler (6°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Abisko

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Stockholm, Sweden

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Appreciate the collections at Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm. Visit Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen for their historical value. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Skansen, explore the world behind art at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, take an in-depth tour of Nordiska Museet, and learn more about the world around you at Swedish Museum of Natural History.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Stockholm trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Abisko to Stockholm takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Abisko in April: highs in Stockholm hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 0°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

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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.

East Flanders Province travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Although the province of East Flanders boasts a scenic countryside of rustic villages and dense woodlands, its most-visited attraction remains the medieval city of Ghent. The beating heart of the province, the city offers a vigorous cultural scene, rich architectural heritage, and some of Belgium's finest museums. Other notable places to visit include the lesser-known towns scattered along the banks of the river Schelde, including Sint-Niklaas, home to the largest market square in the country. Instead of spending your entire holiday in a single city, use Ghent as your base and spend time exploring the region's extensive network of sign-posted cycling routes; it's one of the longest such networks in Europe.

West Flanders Province travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
West Flanders province contains Belgium's entire North Sea coastline, a major tourist destination in this part of Europe. In addition to a string of commercialized beaches, the province boasts several medieval cities soaked in history and rich in architectural heritage. Bruges, the provincial capital, serves as one of the country's major hubs of commerce, education, culture, and entertainment. Away from its heavily urbanized areas, West Flanders features a largely flat countryside crisscrossed by well-maintained roads and cycling paths. The province draws a growing number of foreign visitors with its lesser-known towns like Veurne and Ostend, which boast photogenic public squares, traditional breweries, and spired cathedrals.

France travel guide

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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.

Alpes Maritimes travel guide

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Ski Areas · Wildlife Areas · Historic Walking Areas

Sweden travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Stockholm County travel guide

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History Museums · Specialty Museums · Art Museums
Seaside Stockholm County is the country's capital and its most densely populated county. The harbor-front promenades lined with colorful historical buildings, cafes, and shops give way to cobblestone streets in the shadows of gothic churches and palaces. You'll be inspired by the simplicity of Swedish designs among the many boutiques. Tour one of the several museums at your leisure, and be sure to relax with a cup of locally acclaimed coffee in hand.