57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Versailles, France
— 4 nights
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, stop by Montmartre, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip planner.

Montlhery to Paris is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 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 St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). You'll explore and learn at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Atomium. Venture out of the city with trips to Ardennes American Cemetery (in Neupre), La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux) and Domaine de Palogne (in Ferrieres). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brussels journey maker site.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in June, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Den Bosch, The Netherlands

— 1 night
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
On the 25th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Noordbrabants Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to De Waagh, then see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum at Hartenstein, then stroll the grounds of Airborne Cemetery, and finally trek along Natuurgebied De Moerputten.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Den Bosch journey planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Den Bosch takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Den Bosch sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Let the collections at Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), look for all kinds of wild species at Ilperveld, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and visit The Jordaan.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam day trip app.

Getting from Den Bosch to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Madurodam and Old Church. Venture out of the city with trips to World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (in Rotterdam). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, examine the collection at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, and admire all the interesting features of Panorama Mesdag.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the The Hague online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to The Hague in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in The Hague sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Antwerp.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 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.
Beguinage and Grote Markt will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Cathedral of Our Lady. Venture out of the city with trips to Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout), Molsbroek (in Lokeren) and Kinderboerderij Mikerf (in Brasschaat). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, and admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Antwerp online travel planner.

Traveling by train from The Hague to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Antwerp are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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.
Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Historium Brugge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Sint-Jacobskerk, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and examine the collection at Friet Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bruges tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Antwerp to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Antwerp in July, plan for little chillier days in Bruges, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Munot. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Ruinaulta Rheinschlucht (in Versam), Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Peakdivers (in Bunzen). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bruges to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bruges in July, you will find days in Zurich are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
The Cathedral of Bern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and The Rosengart Collection. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne tour planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 21st (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Fly Fish Zermatt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain, and finally take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online journey planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Chamonix, France

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguilles Rouges, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then examine the collection at Crystal Museum. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de Merlet, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix route planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Chamonix by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Lyon, France

— 5 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Galeries Bartoux Beaune. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune), Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and Carrieres de Glay (in Saint-Germain-Nuelles). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Grottes de La Balme, examine the collection at Musee des Confluences, and surround yourself with nature on Resonance Canyon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Vieille Ville and La cité médiévale will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Venture out of the city with trips to La Croisette (in Cannes) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nice vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Lyon in July, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to Versailles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Versailles, France

— 4 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Palace of Versailles and The Trianons & The Hamlet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit The Royal Chapel and Ancien Hopital Royal for their historical value. Step out of Versailles with an excursion to Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, explore the historical opulence of Le Petit Trianon, admire the landmark architecture of Le Grand Trianon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Versailles visit app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Versailles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Versailles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.

West Flanders Province travel guide

4.1
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Ski Areas · Architectural Buildings
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.

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