57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

57 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 5 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.
Vianden Castle and Beaufort Castles will appeal to history buffs. MNHM National Museum of Military History and Le Chemin de la Corniche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Luxembourg City side-trips: 385th Bomb Group Memorial Museum (in Perle), Musee de l'Ardoise (in Haut-Martelange) and Trinitarian Church (in Vianden). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take an in-depth tour of Museum Drai Eechelen, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Thungen, and delve into the distant past at Bourscheid Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Luxembourg City tour itinerary builder.

Zurich, Switzerland to Luxembourg City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

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Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

Venice, Italy

— 6 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza San Marco and Arena di Verona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more) and Verona (Arche Scaligere, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Venice day trip site.

You can fly from Luxembourg City to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Luxembourg City in August, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Castello del Trebbio. Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (San Francesco & Duomo di Siena) and Poggio Amorelli (in Castellina In Chianti). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and shop like a local with M.G. Design.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

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Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:

Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Let the collections at Forte Montecchio Nord and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Milano and Greenway del Lago di Como. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina), Incendio del Castello con la Processione Religiosa dei Crocifissi (in Rapallo) and Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona (in Colico). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Milan holiday website.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 28:

Nice, France

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rue d'Antibes and Azur Wine Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, see the interesting displays at Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, explore the world behind art at Massena Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nice attractions planner.

You can drive from Milan to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 4:

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 Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Carrieres des Lumieres. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Musee Granet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont), Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures) and Eglise Saint Louis (in Hyeres). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseille tour planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Marseille. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Paris, France

— 7 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 will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles), Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris visit planner.

You can take a train from Marseille to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in September, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 14:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Atomium. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Carolus Borromeus Church, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more) and Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brussels online journey maker.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in September: highs in Brussels hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 21:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gravensteen and Groeningemuseum. Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Nicholas' Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and look for all kinds of wild species at Provincial Domain Bulskampveld.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bruges online road trip planner.

Drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · 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.

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.