55 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

55 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Panorama Mesdag), Delft (Old Church, Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, &more) and Papiermolen De Schoolmeester/moulin a papier De Schoolmeester (in Westzaan). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, walk around Vondelpark, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Gravensteen and Historic Centre of Brugge are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Groeningemuseum and Graslei and Korenlei. Step out of Bruges with an excursion to Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, examine the collection at Friet Museum, and make a trip to The Markt.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bruges trip app.

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

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.
Visit Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire for their historical value. Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Atomium, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at Van Buuren Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Castle of Laeken.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels road trip website.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Landsgemeindeplatz and Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte. You'll explore and learn at Museum Appenzell and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Bourbaki Panorama, Jesuitenkirche, &more) and St Mauritius Church (in Appenzell). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and admire the striking features of Church of St. Peter.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Leblon Beach, and take a stroll through Santa Teresa.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro route planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Rio de Janeiro takes 15.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and Vatican Museums for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Galleria Borghese and Welcome to Rome. Step out of Rome to go to Tivoli and see Villa Adriana, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, stop by Trastevere, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Rome in 14.5 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in June; daily highs in Rome reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Museo di San Marco. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti), Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, &more) and Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence holiday planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 6 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.
Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Verona (Arche Scaligere, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more) and Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Venice visit planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Moscow, Russia

— 2 nights

Third Rome

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin, and then make a trip to Red Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, then stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Moscow trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Moscow takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Venice to Moscow. In July, Moscow is little chillier than Venice - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
The State Hermitage Museum and Monplaisir Historical Palace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, step into the grandiose world of Catherine's Body, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Stockholm, Sweden

— 5 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vasa Museum and Moderna Museet - Stockholm. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Skansen and Drottningholm Palace. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, browse the exhibits of Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and explore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Stockholm road trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Stockholm are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

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.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.