16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nyhavn and Frederiksborg Castle are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rosenborg Castle and The David Collection. Change things up with these side-trips from Copenhagen: Roskilde (Roskilde Domkirke & Viking Ship Museum) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Amalienborg and take in the dramatic natural features at Mons Klint.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Copenhagen is 9 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Copenhagen reach 65°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Roskilde, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Frederiksborg Castle, Mons Klint
Highlights from your plan
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Frederiksborg Castle ©
Frederiksborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn

3
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukion Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Turku Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Turku Cathedral (in Turku). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, engage your brain at Heureka, examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

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Getting from Copenhagen to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Copenhagen to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Helsinki, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Heureka, Cathedral of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Popular historic sites such as Royal Palace and Uppsala Domkyrka are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Vasa Museum and Skansen. When in Stockholm, make a side trip to see Gamla Uppsala in Uppsala, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, steep yourself in history at Skogskyrkogarden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Strandvagen, and examine the collection at Strindberg Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm journey maker website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. September in Stockholm sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Uppsala
Highlights from your plan
Uppsala Domkyrka ©
Uppsala Domkyrka
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vigeland Museum and Fram Museum. Get some historical perspective at Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and Oslomarka. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, see the interesting displays at Viking Ship Museum, steep yourself in history at Drobak, and take a stroll through Kvadraturen Neighbourhood.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oslo day trip planning site .

You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Oslo

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Fram Museum ©
Fram Museum

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 18th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, explore the activities along The Amstel, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and finally examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary app .

Getting from Oslo to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Oslo in September; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 67°F and lows reach 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Canals area
Highlights from your plan
Canals area ©
Canals area
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Portuguese Synagogue ©
Portuguese Synagogue

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