56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

56 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Antwerp, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
Fly to Limoges Airport, Drive to Gueret
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Gueret, France
— 1 night
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Perros-Guirec, France
— 2 nights
Taxi to Lannion, Train to Paris
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Lille, France
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Leeds, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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— 5 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium

— 4 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Let the collections at Gravensteen and MAS - Museum aan de Stroom capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum Dr. Guislain and Graslei and Korenlei. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antwerp: Hoogstraten (Beguinage & Begijnhof Hoogstraten) and Ghent (STAM Ghent City Museum, Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, admire the landmark architecture of Carolus Borromeus Church, get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei, and take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus.

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Bern, Switzerland to Antwerp is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

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.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie. Get some cultural insight at Groeningemuseum and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Bruges (Belfry of Bruges, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, examine the collection at Atomium, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brussels road trip site.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): learn about all things military at MNHM National Museum of Military History, then explore the historical opulence of Vianden Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Mudam Luxembourg Modern Art Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Drai Eechelen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Thungen, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the world behind art at Letzebuerg City Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Brussels to Luxembourg City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Florence.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, explore the world behind art at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Florence day trip planning app.

Fly from Luxembourg City to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Luxembourg City in March: high temperatures in Florence hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Pantheon. Popular historic sites such as St. Peter's Basilica and Cupola di San Pietro are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, examine the collection at Stanze di Raffaello, and don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Turin.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Turin, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Milano and Museo Egizio. Venture out of the city with trips to Milan (Monumental Cemetery, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, &more) and Ecomuseo dell'argilla (in Cambiano). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Galleria Sabauda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Sebastiano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, and see the interesting displays at Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama).

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turin trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Turin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in March: high temperatures in Turin hover around 11°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lérins Islands and Palais Lascaris. Museum-lovers will get to explore Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Musée Marc Chagall. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Suquet (in Cannes), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice driving holiday planner.

Getting from Turin to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, Nice is a bit warmer than Turin - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gueret.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Gueret, France

— 1 night
Guéret is a commune and the prefecture of the Creuse department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in central France.GeographyA light industrial town, the largest in the department, with a big woodland and a little farming not far from the town centre. On the 2nd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Sainte-Feyre, delve into the lush surroundings at Foret de Chabrieres, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin de Gouzon.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Gueret online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nice to Gueret. Traveling from Nice in April, expect Gueret to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Gueret

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Perros-Guirec, France

— 2 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 3rd (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle St Guirec, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Falaises de Tredrez. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Ile Renote, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, and finally trek along Sentier des douaniers.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec road trip planner.

Drive from Gueret to Perros-Guirec in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April in Perros-Guirec, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 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 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles in Versailles--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Perros-Guirec to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Lille, France

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, then see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, and then see the interesting displays at Musee La Piscine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Parc du Heron, get engrossed in the history at Steenmeulen, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand.

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Take a train from Paris to Lille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to London.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Let the collections at National Gallery and Natural History Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Victoria and Albert Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: The Big Cat Sanctuary (in Smarden) and Joe's Bows (in Hernhill). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Westminster Abbey, make a trip to Tower of London, explore the galleries of Churchill War Rooms, and ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Lille to London takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Lille to London is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Leeds.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Leeds, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

Capital of the North

One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Museum-lovers will appreciate York Castle Museum and Eyam Plague Village Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Stockley Farm Birds of Prey Centre (in Northwich), SMJ Falconry (in Oxenhope) and Manchester Cathedral (in Manchester). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at York Bird of Prey Centre, get outside with Peak Mountaineering, and experience rural life at Beacon Alpacas.

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

Traveling by flight from London to Leeds takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from London, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Leeds, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Leeds

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Edinburgh: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Glasgow) and Strathblane Falconry (in Strathblane). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, explore the different monuments and memorials at Greyfriars Kirkyard, and stroll through BobCat Alpacas.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Edinburgh trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Leeds to Edinburgh takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

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.

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.

Piedmont travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Art Museums · Landmarks
Bordered by the Alps on three sides and often overlooked by casual tourists, the Piedmont region is famous for its wines, including Moscato D'Asti, Barolo, and Barbera, to name just a few. Piedmont's cuisine is renowned throughout Italy. Its exotic white truffles--a precious ingredient used in first-class restaurants around the world--are often compared to gold because of their staggering cost. An ideal holiday destination for foodies, the region is also known for its thriving industries of fresh produce, nuts, and chocolates. There are many places to visit in Piedmont, including several medieval castles, trendy spa resorts, and cities with both historical attractions and modern industries.

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.

Creuse travel guide

4.1
Zoos · Castles · Art Museums

Cotes-d'Armor travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Walking Areas · Castles

Nord travel guide

4.1
Room Escape Games · Landmarks · Specialty Museums

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

West Yorkshire travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Parks
Once the heart of the country’s textile industry, West Yorkshire is now home to thriving cities recognized as major regional financial centers. The county’s biggest and most dominant urban center is Leeds, a city of explosive energy and winner of a string of tourism awards. While Leeds offers a multitude of things to do, including outstanding nightlife, shopping, and dining choices, the city of Bradford is often used as a convenient base for sightseeing in the so-called "Bronte Country," an area of bleak moors and deep valleys vividly described in the works of the famous Bronte sisters. Both of these big cities have reinvented themselves in recent years, replacing the crumbling mills of the Industrial Revolution with outstanding new museums, restaurants, and bars that can easily fill a variety of itineraries.