56 days in Europe Itinerary

56 days in Europe Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Rennes, France
— 5 nights
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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Vicenza, Italy
— 5 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
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Cologne, Germany — 1 night

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne trip itinerary planner.

Frankfurt to Cologne is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels. Change things up with a short trip to Parc de Furfooz in Dinant (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, explore the galleries of Atomium, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sint-Truiden.
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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Sint-Truiden, Belgium — 2 nights

Sint-Truiden is a city and municipality located in the province of Limburg, Flemish Region, Belgium, near the towns of Hasselt and Tongeren. On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Mechelse Heide. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Eben-Emael, get engrossed in the history at Open Air Museum Bokrijk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Quentin Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sint-Truiden road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Sint-Truiden takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Sint-Truiden can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Visit Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Ghent City Center, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sint-Truiden to Bruges in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Rotterdam.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Appreciate the collections at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nieuwe Kerk and Stadhuis te Culemborg. Venture out of the city with trips to Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast, see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus, don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rotterdam Zoo.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotterdam online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Bruges to Rotterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to The Hague.
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Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

The Hague, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Madurodam, explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), and then take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Louwman Museum The Hague, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk, admire the striking features of Old Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, and finally ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights).

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the The Hague online journey planner.

Getting from Rotterdam to The Hague by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and NEMO Science Museum. Appreciate the collections at Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis. Change things up with a short trip to Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden in Sint Jansklooster (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, walk around Vondelpark, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam day trip planner.

You can drive from The Hague to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Rennes.
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Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Rennes, France — 5 nights

Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Change things up with these side-trips from Rennes: L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie (in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas), Reserve Naturelle de la Baie de Saint-Brieuc (in Hillion) and Le Botrai (in Saint-Trimoel). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes, take in nature's colorful creations at Palais Saint-Georges, and walk around Parc du Thabor.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rennes online trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Rennes in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nantes.
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Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:

Nantes, France — 3 nights

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Appreciate the collections at Les Machines de L'ile and Le Chronographe. Get some cultural insight at Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale and Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay in Montreuil-Bellay (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, examine the collection at Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul.

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

Getting from Rennes to Nantes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Nantes, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.
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Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Bordeaux, France — 5 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Bridoire and Cathedrale St-Front. Lascaux Caves 4 and La Cite du Vin will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich), Chateau Beaurang (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux travel route app.

Getting from Nantes to Bordeaux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Turin.
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Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

Turin, Italy — 3 nights

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.
Let the collections at Museo Egizio and Museo Nazionale del Cinema capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica di Superga and Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turin: Reggia Di Reale (in Venaria Reale), Forte di Bard (in Bard) and Castello di Fenis (in Fenis). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, don't miss a visit to Palazzo Reale Di Torino, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Consolata.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turin journey planning website.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Turin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bordeaux in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Turin: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Milan, Italy — 4 nights

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.
Duomo di Milano and Villa Carlotta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castello Sforzesco and Piazza del Duomo. Go for a jaunt from Milan to Colonno to see Greenway del Lago di Como about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Turin to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Turin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vicenza.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Vicenza, Italy — 5 nights

Famous for its abundance of 16th-century architecture designed by Andrea Palladio, Vicenza was coined the City of Palladio.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda and Castello del Catajo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica of St. Anthony. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vicenza: Ferrara (Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) - World Heritage Site & Castello Estense) and Padua (Museo dell'Educazione, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Palazzo da Schio, Ca' d'Oro, explore the world behind art at Fondazione Bisazza, pause for some photo ops at Piazza dei Signori, and admire the striking features of Museo Civico di Palazzo Chiericati.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vicenza online travel planner.

You can drive from Milan to Vicenza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Milan in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vicenza: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Moscow.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

Moscow, Russia — 4 nights

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Red Square and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Moscow Kremlin and State Tretyakov Gallery. Step out of Moscow to go to Dubrovitsy and see Church of The Holy Virgin, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Moscow day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Vicenza to Moscow takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vicenza in September: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly to Kyiv (Kiev).
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine — 2 nights

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sophia's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate, learn about all things military at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, then steep yourself in history at The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, and finally pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland). On your second day here, get where you need to go with Kiev Funicular, don't miss a visit to Andreyevskiy Spusk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyiv (Kiev) trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kyiv (Kiev) takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Moscow in September, you will find days in Kyiv (Kiev) are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Munich.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Munich, Germany — 4 nights

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.
Visit Nymphenburg Palace and Asamkirche for their historical value. Munich Residenz and BMW Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munich: ABC-Divers (in Eching) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, get curious at Deutsches Museum, make a trip to Marienplatz, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Munich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Munich due to the time zone difference. In September in Munich, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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