55 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

55 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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New York City, United States
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San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 5 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Brussels, Belgium
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Bruges, Belgium
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New York City, United States

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, make a trip to Times Square, and admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read New York City online journey planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New York City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in June; daily highs in New York City reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Francisco, United States

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Santa Rosa (Charles M. Schulz Museum & Safari West). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Chinatown, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner.

You can fly from New York City to San Francisco in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nyhavn and Kastellet. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rosenborg Castle and Thorvaldsens Museum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to National Museum of Denmark, find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens, appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid, and admire the landmark architecture of Amalienborg.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen day trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Copenhagen in 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Copenhagen is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Copenhagen, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace. You'll explore and learn at Vasa Museum and Skansen. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Fotografiska Stockholm, explore the engaging exhibits at Nordiska Museet, take an in-depth tour of Royal Armory, and explore the world behind art at Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Stockholm day trip site.

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Monplaisir Historical Palace Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Palace Square. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, contemplate the long history of Catherine's Body, and explore the galleries of Kazan Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, and then make a trip to Red Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Pantheon. You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Vatican Grottoes. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rome road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Rome takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Rome is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in June, with highs in Rome at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and The Baptistery of St. John. You'll explore and learn at Pitti Palace and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence vacation planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. Let the collections at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice trip website.

Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 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 Museum Appenzell. Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to St Mauritius Church (in Appenzell), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Hofkirche, Jesuitenkirche, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, wander the streets of Old Town, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planning tool.

Getting from Venice to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 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.
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta) will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, examine the collection at Autoworld, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels driving holiday app.

Getting from Zurich to Brussels by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in July: highs in Brussels hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Friet Museum capture your imagination. Gravensteen and Historic Centre of Brugge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent City Center, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and make a trip to The Markt.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bruges day trip tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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 Grote Markt. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: The Hague (Panorama Mesdag & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery), Delft (Maria van Jessekerk & Old Church) and Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.