57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 8 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 8 nights
Train
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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 11 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and The Rosengart Collection. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, Chapel Bridge, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, examine the collection at Alterthumer Magazin, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip planning website.

Montlhery, France to Zurich is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 6 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Chaplin's World and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Chillon and Intercontinental Church Society. Change things up with a short trip to Parc naturel Pfyn-Finge in Sierre (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, explore the activities along Stellisee, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at House of Basketball, then examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Anglais.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Zermatt to Geneva by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 8 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 Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. Rue d'Antibes and Le Suquet will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Marche Forville), Frejus (Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule & Base Nature Francois Leotard) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Geneva to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 3 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, Atlantide, &more) and Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marseille, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 8 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 Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Arc de Triomphe and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles), Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge & Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen) and Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, take a stroll through Montmartre, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

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Traveling by train from Marseille to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Marseille in August, with highs in Paris at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get some historical perspective at Royal Palace of Brussels and Cogels Osylei. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (Museum Plantin-Moretus, MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in September, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen. Get a sense of the local culture at Groeningemuseum and Belfry of Bruges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Ghent City Center, Graslei and Korenlei, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Markt, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and explore the galleries of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bruges driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 11 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.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Grote Markt. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Delft (Old Church, Nieuwe Kerk, &more), Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, The Corrie ten Boom House, &more) and Lentevreugd (in Wassenaar). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip maker website.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

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.

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.