59 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

59 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

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59 days in Europe & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
+5
Train + Foot + Fly + Bus + Subway + Train:  6​h 30​min
7
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  5​h 15​min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Nice, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
11
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
13
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  27​h
End: Liverpool, United Kingdom

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rijksmuseum and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hermitage Amsterdam, explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam driving holiday planner.

Liverpool, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Visit Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen Castle. Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Ghent to see Graslei and Korenlei about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip tool .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ghent
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

5
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Let the collections at Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) capture your imagination. Grand Place and MIM - Musical Instruments Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brussels route maker site .

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Brussels, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close, explore the striking landscape at Arthur's Seat, enjoy the sea views from Calton Hill, and take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Edinburgh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Edinburgh is minus 1 hour. January in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bath.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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BobCat Alpacas ©
BobCat Alpacas
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Roman Baths and Hailes Church. Get some cultural insight at Stonehenge and St Mary's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Bath: Gloucester (Jet Age Museum, St Mary de Crypt Church, & more), St Nicholas Church (in Lower Oddington) and St Oswald's Church (in Swinbrook). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Bugatti Trust Visitor Center, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, steep yourself in history at Purton Ships Graveyard, and explore the ancient world of Tewkesbury Abbey.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Bath itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Edinburgh to Bath takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Cirencester, Winchcombe, Burford
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
St Mary's Church ©
St Mary's Church

5
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Westminster Abbey and Natural History Museum. Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The British Museum, contemplate the long history of Tower of London, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the London attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Bath to London takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in London are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fours a Chaux du Rey - Musee Maritime and Normandy Victory Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Charles-de-Percy War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Mont-Saint-Michel side-trips: Eglise de Menil-Gondouin (in Menil-Gondouin), Espace Musee Charles Leandre (in Conde-sur-Noireau) and Parc des Forges de Varenne (in Champsecret). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, learn about all things military at Normandy Victory Museum, examine the collection at Musee 44 La Percee du Bocage, and take an in-depth tour of Manoir de Donville.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from London to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London to Mont-Saint-Michel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fours a Chaux du Rey - Musee Maritime, Manoir de Donville, Le Parc-Musee du Granit, Parc des Forges de Varenne, Saint-Charles-de-Percy War Cemetery
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Espace Musee Charles Leandre ©
Espace Musee Charles Leandre

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Musee d'Orsay and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip site .

Do a combination of bus and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Let the collections at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee des Coquillages capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Lascaris and Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence, La Collegiale Saint Paul, & more), Coaraze (Ruines de Rocca Sparviera & Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste) and Utelle (La Madone d'Utelle & Église Saint Veran). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip maker site .

You can fly from Paris to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in February, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, St-Paul-de-Vence, Utelle, Coaraze
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
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Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Swiss National Museum and Fraumünster Church. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Zurich Toy Museum. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Urnaesch (Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch & Museum of Appenzell Customs) and Appenzell (Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte & Kunstmuseum Appenzell). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and shop like a local with Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip tool .

Getting from Nice to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in February, with highs in Zurich at 7°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Appenzell, Urnaesch
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:
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Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

1
night
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours.

Discover how to plan a Cairns trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Zurich to Cairns in 23 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Zurich to Cairns. Traveling from Zurich in February, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and St Thomas Becket Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights). There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in February: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum. Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Parliament House of Victoria are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
National Sports Museum ©
National Sports Museum

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