57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Inverness, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
Train to Dyce, Fly to Copenhagen
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 4 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Bath, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Inverness, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Gateway to the Highlands

Inverness, often described as the Gateway to the Highlands, is a thriving commercial and industrial center.
Get some historical perspective at Cawdor Castle and Urquhart Castle. Culloden Battlefield and Highland Archive Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (in Kingussie) and Aigas Field Centre (in Beauly). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inverness Cathedral, take in the history at Battlefield Select Tours, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inverness tour planner.

Glasgow to Inverness is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Inverness can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Inverness

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get some cultural insight at Nyhavn and National Museum of Denmark. Popular historic sites such as Rosenborg Castle and The Karen Blixen Museum are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Copenhagen side-trips: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek), Fuglereservat Vaserne (in Birkerod) and Kronborg (in Helsingoer). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Stroeget, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), admire the striking features of Kastellet, and don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid.

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

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Inverness to Copenhagen takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Inverness to Copenhagen. Traveling from Inverness in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Copenhagen: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Charlottenburg Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like East Side Gallery and Bebelplatz. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Topography of Terror, admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, contemplate the long history of Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and make a trip to Reichstag Building.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Berlin road trip website.

Getting from Copenhagen to Berlin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nymphenburg Palace and Munich Residenz. Museum-lovers will appreciate Deutsches Museum and BMW Welt. Get out of town with these interesting Munich side-trips: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (in Schwangau). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, examine the collection at BMW Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Munich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Rue d'Antibes. Get a sense of the local culture at La Croisette and Musée Marc Chagall. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Carcassonne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Carcassonne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle when traveling from Carcassonne in August, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Normandy American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Memorial de Caen. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Musee Baron Gerard, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Gallery and Tower of London. Get out of town with these interesting London side-trips: The Hawking Centre (in Doddington), Coda Falconry (in Waltham Abbey) and Ightham Mote (in Ightham). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The British Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the London trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to London by combination of car and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bayeux to London. September in London sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bath, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Queen of English Cities

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
You'll explore and learn at The Roman Baths and American Museum & Gardens. Visit Stonehenge and Longleat for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bath: Brunel's SS Great Britain (in Bristol) and Wells Cathedral (in Wells). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Combe Village, examine the collection at Fashion Museum Bath, admire the landmark architecture of No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, and contemplate the long history of Bath Abbey.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Bath fast, fun, and easy.

You can take a train from London to Bath in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Bath

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 4 nights

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Let the collections at Hook Lighthouse and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ferns Castle and Kilkenny Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Cashel (St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard & Rock of Cashel), Waterford (Reginald's Tower & Bishop's Palace) and Secret Valley Wildlife Park (in Wexford). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bath to Kilkenny takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Dublin, Ireland

— 6 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College Dublin will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Dublin Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Vagabond Tours (in Greystones), Vartry Reservoir (in Roundwood) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Temple Bar, examine the collection at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Ireland, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

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

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Royal Yacht Britannia, then learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, and then step into the grandiose world of Palace of Holyroodhouse. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Dalhousie Castle Falconry, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Scotch Whisky Experience, step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, then steep yourself in history at The Real Mary King's Close, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Saint Paul's Church.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Edinburgh trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Dublin to Edinburgh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September in Edinburgh, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

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.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.