55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Aarhus, Denmark
— 1 night
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Versailles (Grand Canal & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Gustave Moreau, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Copenhagen in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, then identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, and then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, then do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Beaurang.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux sightseeing app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Marseille, France

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

Fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bordeaux in June: highs in Marseille hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee Picasso. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Be Free To Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Vence (Chapelle Penitents Blancs, Ville medieval, &more) and Eglise de Biot (in Biot). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, wander the streets of Le Suquet, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Duomo di Milano and Villa Carlotta. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Pinacoteca di Brera will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Vezio (in Vezio), Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo (in Legnano) and Forte Montecchio Nord (in Colico). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, and admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Milan online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nice to Milan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, you will find days in Milan are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:

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.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (San Francesco, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more) and Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:

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.
Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pantheon and Palatine Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Rome sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 2:

Naples, Italy

— 5 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Appreciate the collections at Museo della Carta and Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte. Duomo di Ravello and Villa Rufolo will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Naples side-trips: Ravello (Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, &more), Odeon - Teatro Piccolo (in Pompeii) and La Boa Diving Center (in Praiano). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloister of Santa Chiara, and take in the dramatic scenery at Valle delle Ferriere.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Naples tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Naples, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

Venice, Italy

— 5 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.
Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, &more) and Verona (Arena di Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Naples to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 12:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte and Landesmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Landsgemeindeplatz and St Mauritius Church. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Museum Appenzell (in Appenzell), Lucerne (The Rosengart Collection & Jesuitenkirche) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, take a stroll through Old Town, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gruyeres Castle and The Cathedral of Bern. Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale de Lausanne and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are in your itinerary. Take a break from Bern with a short trip to The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) in Lausanne, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aarhus.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Aarhus, Denmark

— 1 night

City of Smiles

Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Moellevangskirken, pause for some serene contemplation at Helligaandskirken, then look and learn at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aarhus Domkirke, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aarhus Vikingemuseet.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aarhus route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bern to Aarhus takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bern in July, plan for little chillier days in Aarhus, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Aarhus

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nyhavn and Kastellet are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Denmark and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copenhagen: Kronborg (in Helsingoer), Frederiksborg Castle (in Hillerod) and Fuglereservat Vaserne (in Birkerod). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, steep yourself in history at Christiansborg Slot, enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn, and explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Copenhagen trip maker.

You can drive from Aarhus to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Italy travel guide

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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.

Switzerland travel guide

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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.

Denmark travel guide

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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.