16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Utrecht, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Odense, Denmark
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip builder site .

Seattle, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, then admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis Utrecht, and then get in on the family fun at Efteling. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Jan VI van Nassau-Dillenburg (Jan de Oude), enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, shop like a local with Fotodok, then stop by Subcultures - Spellenwinkel, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Utrecht trip planning site .

Utrecht is very close to Amsterdam. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Utrecht

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Markthal, Efteling
Highlights from your plan
Efteling ©
Efteling
Canals area ©
Canals area
Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Hamburg is known for museums, historic sites, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Miniatur Wunderland, stroll around Planten un Blomen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hauptkirche St. Michaelis, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Hamburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Odense.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tierpark Hagenbeck ©
Tierpark Hagenbeck
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Planten un Blomen ©
Planten un Blomen

1
night
Odense, Denmark

Odense ©
The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
On the 16th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Odense ZOO, then step into the grandiose world of Egeskov Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of The Danish Railway Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Odense tour planner.

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Odense takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Odense can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Odense

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odense ZOO ©
Odense ZOO
Egeskov Castle ©
Egeskov Castle
The Danish Railway Museum ©
The Danish Railway Museum

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens, take a stroll through Stroeget, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Denmark, and don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen travel route planner .

You can take a train from Odense to Copenhagen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

2
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 20th (Fri), test the waters at a local thermal spa and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Thingvellir National Park. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iceland.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Reykjavik takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in September; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 52°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Thingvellir National Park
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thingvellir National Park ©
Thingvellir National Park

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