18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
ferry:  16​h 30​min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Denver, United States


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder website .

Denver, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Denver to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in July: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
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.
Stockholm is known for museums, nature, historic sites, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, find something for the whole family at Grona Lunds Tivoli, get a sense of history and politics at Stockholm City Hall, and explore the world behind art at Fotografiska.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockholm road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

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 to know the fascinating history of Nyhavn, contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, and take in the views from Oresund Bridge.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Copenhagen holiday planning website .

Getting from Stockholm to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rundetarn ©
Rundetarn

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Lion Monument, Mt Pilatus, & more) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Copenhagen, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, trek along The Eiger Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Interlaken visit planner.

Drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aletsch Glacier, Trümmelbachfälle, The Eiger Trail
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris vacation builder app .

Getting from Interlaken to Paris by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Paris are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

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