22 days in Europe, South America & United States Itinerary

22 days in Europe, South America & United States Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
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Rome, Italy
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Florianopolis, Brazil
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Colorado Springs, United States
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Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Charlottenburg Palace and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, and admire the striking features of Reichstag Building.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner.

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Colosseum and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, visit Trastevere, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and wander the streets of Via Condotti.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Berlin to Rome in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Florence sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Get some historical perspective at El Barri Gòtic and Barcelona Cathedral. The adventure continues: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, kick back and relax at Playa de La Barceloneta, and don't miss a visit to Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Florence to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prado National Museum and Gran Via. For shopping fun, head to Mercado San Miguel or El Brabantino. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Simply Rickshaw, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Madrid journey planning tool.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, expect Madrid to be a bit cooler, temps between 54°F and 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Praia de Grumari and Pedra do Arpoador. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Rio de Janeiro takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from Madrid to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 87°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Florianopolis, Brazil

— 2 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Praia Mole and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Galheta. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Campeche and then stroll through Lagoinha do Leste.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, plan for slightly colder days in Florianopolis, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Colorado Springs, United States

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip app.

You can fly from Florianopolis to Colorado Springs in 22 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Florianopolis to Colorado Springs is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Florianopolis in December, expect Colorado Springs to be much colder, temps between 45°F and 18°F. You will leave for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

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.

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.