23 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

23 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Mobile, United States
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Bring the kids along to Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, make a trip to Hippodrome, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul visit planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 7°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Berlin, Germany

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Brandenburg Gate and Pergamonmuseum will thrill your kids. East Side Gallery and Potsdamer Platz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: make a trip to Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and examine the collection at Topography of Terror.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Berlin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Berlin is minus 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Nuremberg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, then contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, see the interesting displays at Bernstein Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nuremberg trip planning website.

Getting from Berlin to Nuremberg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like English Garden and Marienplatz. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace and Frauenkirche. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Deutsches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, admire the striking features of Asamkirche, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and then wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to London.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

London, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Natural History Museum and Westminster Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Gallery and Tower of London. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, learn about all things military at Churchill War Rooms, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, and don't miss a visit to Big Ben.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the London vacation planner.

You can fly from Zurich to London in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Zurich to London, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in December, expect London to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mobile.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Mobile, United States

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary, and then get engrossed in the history at Mobile Police History Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Bienville Square, then hike along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mobile trip tool.

Traveling by flight from London to Mobile takes 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect Mobile to be a bit warmer, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mobile

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

England travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
A trip through England is a trip through world history, and few places in the world offer such a diverse variety of places to visit, activities, and experiences. The sprawling urban areas surrounding the capital city offer countless sightseeing opportunities, such as museums and historical sites, as well as some of the best shopping, nightlife, and culinary options in the world. To truly experience this country steeped in centuries of history, try to make time to explore the sweeping countryside, where you can enjoy the warm hospitality of small villages and explore the ancient remains of once-powerful societies. England boasts an outstanding transportation system, and many visitors find that even a short train ride through the country’s landscape of rolling hills and plains can be a highlight of their entire vacation. However you choose to move about, remember that in this compact country you’re never very far from a bustling town, where modern pubs, shops, and restaurants await to be explored.

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.