56 days in Belgium, France & Switzerland Itinerary

56 days in Belgium, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Antwerp, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
Train
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Ghent, Belgium
— 5 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
Fly
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zofingen, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights

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Antwerp, Belgium

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 Fort Van Duffel and Zurenborg. Your inner history buff will appreciate Beguinage and Grote Markt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antwerp: TODI - The Ultimate Diving Experience (in Beringen), Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout) and Gemeentehuis Westerlo (in Westerlo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, identify plant and animal life at Kinderboerderij Mikerf, get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Antwerp trip itinerary maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Antwerp is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Antwerp are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

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Beguinage ©
Religious Site
Beguinage
4.7
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
Specialty Museum
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
4.3

6
nights
Brussels, Belgium

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.
Appreciate the collections at Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire are in your itinerary. Step out of Brussels to go to Braine-l'Alleud and see Memorial Waterloo 1815, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

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6
nights
Bruges, Belgium

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.
Groeningemuseum and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Belfry of Bruges. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Musée d'Histoire naturelle & Vivarium (in Tournai) and Zilver Cruys Winery (in Boezinge). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bruges road trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Groeningemuseum ©
Art Museum
Groeningemuseum
4.3
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
World heritage site
Historic Centre of Brugge
4.8

5
nights
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Get some cultural insight at Gravensteen and Graslei and Korenlei. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Bavo's Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Ghent side-trips: Sauna Cocaj (in Zwevegem), Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (in Zonnebeke) and Begijnhof (in Dendermonde). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Molsbroek, see the interesting displays at Museum Dr. Guislain, take in the local highlights with Viva's Ghent Free Tours, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent road trip site.

Drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Ghent sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Gravensteen ©
Castle
Gravensteen
4.4
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
4.6

7
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Paris, France

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

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Eiffel Tower ©
Must see
Eiffel Tower
4.5
Louvre Museum ©
Must see
Louvre Museum
4.6
Musee d'Orsay ©
Must see
Musee d'Orsay
4.7

4
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Marseille, France

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.
Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Pont d'Avignon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles) and Musee Granet (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Trolib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, get a new perspective on things with Peche. Calanques. Com, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Sentier Du Lezard.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Side Trips

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Trolib ©
Must see
Trolib
4.7
Palais des Papes ©
World heritage site
Palais des Papes
4.3

7
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Nice, France

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.
Vieille Ville and Lérins Islands are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Croisette and Le Suquet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Palais Lascaris, look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice visit planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Vieille Ville ©
Must see
Vieille Ville
4.7
La Croisette ©
Neighborhood
La Croisette
3.9

4
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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get some historical perspective at Forum of Swiss History Schwyz and Hofkirche. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Museum of Communication. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Barenpark (in Bern), Maennlichen (in Grindelwald) and Hightide Kayak School (in Boenigen). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and contemplate the long history of Museggmauer.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Lucerne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in April; daily highs in Lucerne reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zofingen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Maennlichen ©
Mountain
Maennlichen
4.7
Mt Pilatus ©
Wildlife Area
Mt Pilatus
4.7
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
World heritage site
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
4.7

5
nights
Zofingen, Switzerland

Zofingen is a city in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland. Museum fur Musikautomaten and Kloster Konigsfelden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Museum Burghalde and Stapferhaus Lenzburg capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Zofingen: Jura World of Coffee (in Niederbuchsiten), Peakdivers (in Bunzen) and Legionaerspfad Vindonissa (in Windisch). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Heiternplatz, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brauerei Feldschlosschen, admire the striking features of Obertorturm, and pause for some photo ops at Alte Rheinbrucke.

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Getting from Lucerne to Zofingen by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, daytime highs in Zofingen are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Zofingen

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Museum fur Musikautomaten ©
Specialty Museum
Museum fur Musikautomaten
4.6
Jura World of Coffee ©
Specialty Museum
Jura World of Coffee
4.4
Legionaerspfad Vindonissa ©
Specialty Museum
Legionaerspfad Vindonissa
4.4

6
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Visit Old Town and Church of St. Peter for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Museum POST AB! (in Weisstannen), Heididorf (in Maienfeld) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's much more to do: test the waters at Alpenbad, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, look for all kinds of wild species at Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Zofingen to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:
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Alpenbad ©
Must see
Alpenbad
4.9
Old Town ©
Neighborhood
Old Town
4.6

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