59 days in Italy, Germany & Belgium Itinerary

59 days in Italy, Germany & Belgium Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
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Kiel, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 4 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 4 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Alessandria, Italy
— 3 nights
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Vercelli, Italy
— 2 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Brescia, Italy
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Cologne, Germany

— 4 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Visit Cologne Cathedral and Porta Nigra for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Wallraf-Richartz Museum and Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cologne: Nationalpark Eifel (in Schleiden), Trier (Kurfurstliches Palais & St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)) and Stadel Museum (in Frankfurt). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, appreciate the extensive heritage of Neroberg, examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

Plan trip to Cologne with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Liege, Belgium to Cologne is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cologne are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kiel.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:

Kiel, Germany

— 1 night

Sailing City

One of Germany's most important ports for decades, Kiel combines its working industrial center with a rich heritage of music, fine dining, and pleasant scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about all things military at U-Boot U 995, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolai Church, and then identify plant and animal life at Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen.

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

Fly from Cologne to Kiel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cologne in June, plan for little chillier days in Kiel, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Berlin.

Things to do in Kiel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Berlin, Germany

— 5 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.
Visit East Side Gallery and Berliner Dom for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pergamonmuseum and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and contemplate the long history of Bebelplatz.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Berlin online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kiel to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:

Dresden, Germany

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Museum der Bildenden Kunste. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Frauenkirche Dresden and Schloss & Park Pillnitz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Koenigstein Fortress (in Koenigstein), Leipzig (St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), St. Thomas Church, &more) and Schloss Moritzburg (in Moritzburg). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Albertinum, get to know the fascinating history of Theaterplatz, admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dresden trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Dresden are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Nuremberg, Germany

— 4 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Munich Residenz and St. Peter's Church. Let the collections at Alte Pinakothek and BMW Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuremberg: Munich (New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), St. Michael's Church, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, and see the interesting displays at Toy Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nuremberg day trip planner.

Fly from Dresden to Nuremberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Bologna.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 2:

Bologna, Italy

— 6 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Piazza San Marco and Florence Academy of Fine Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to St Mark's Campanile (in Venice) and Florence (Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa della Madonna di Galliera, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico, and steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bologna online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Bologna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nuremberg in July; daily highs in Bologna reach 37°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 8:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Square, make a trip to Roman Forum, and stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rome route planner.

You can fly from Bologna to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:

Naples, Italy

— 5 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Visit Pompeii Archaeological Park and Duomo di Ravello for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Galleria Borbonica. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Ravello (Villa Rufolo & Villa Cimbrone Gardens). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples, and explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Naples trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Genoa.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:

Genoa, Italy

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, then see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally contemplate the long history of Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi and then surround yourself with nature on Set Sail Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Genoa trip planner.

You can fly from Naples to Genoa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Naples, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Genoa, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Alessandria.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Alessandria, Italy

— 3 nights
Alessandria is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy, and the capital of the Province of Alessandria. Castello di Grinzane Cavour and Chiesa di San Lorenzo will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Museo delle Divise Militari and Cittadella di Alessandria. Change things up with these side-trips from Alessandria: Truffle Tour (in La Morra), Cattedrale di Asti Santa Maria Assunta (in Asti) and La Bollente (in Acqui Terme). It doesn't end there: stop by Pasticceria Gallina.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Alessandria trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Genoa to Alessandria in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in July, Alessandria is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vercelli.

Things to do in Alessandria

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Vercelli, Italy

— 2 nights
Vercelli , is a city and comune of 46.552 inhabitants in the Province of Vercelli, Piedmont, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Ondaland and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Andrea.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vercelli trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alessandria to Vercelli in an hour. Traveling from Alessandria in July, you will find days in Vercelli are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Turin.

Things to do in Vercelli

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Turin, Italy

— 1 night

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Egizio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, admire the striking features of Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, and then view the masterpieces at Reggia di Venaria Reale.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turin road trip tool.

Getting from Vercelli to Turin by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Vercelli in July, plan for slightly colder days in Turin, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

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 Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. You'll explore and learn at Pinacoteca di Brera and Villa Carlotta. Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza) and Forte Montecchio Nord (in Colico). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Milan trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Turin to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Milan, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brescia.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Brescia, Italy

— 1 night

Lioness of Italy

As the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan, Brescia has served as an important hub of commerce and culture since pre-Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Museo delle Armi Luigi Marzoli e Museo del Risorgimento, then explore the historical opulence of Brescia Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo di Santa Giulia.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brescia tour itinerary app.

You can take a train from Milan to Brescia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Brescia are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bruges.

Things to do in Brescia

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

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.
Visit Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Groeningemuseum and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum), Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke) and Ghent (Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Brescia to Bruges takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brescia in August: high temperatures in Bruges hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Rubens House (Rubenshuis). Visit Cathedral of Our Lady and Grote Markt for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Molsbroek (in Lokeren), Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout) and Arboretum Wespelaar (in Haacht). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church and admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

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.

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.