23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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23 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Canada
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
7
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
9
Hamburg, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Quebec City, Canada

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get some historical perspective at Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial Waterloo 1815. Let the collections at Atlantic Wall Museum and Gravensteen capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Cathedral of Our Lady (in Antwerp), In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Saint Bavo's Cathedral (in Ghent). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and contemplate the long history of Luxembourg Square.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary planner .

Quebec City, Canada to Brussels is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Quebec City in August, things will get slightly colder in Brussels: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ghent, Memorial Waterloo 1815, Tyne Cot Cemetery, In Flanders Fields Museum, Cathedral of Our Lady
Highlights from your plan
Memorial Waterloo 1815 ©
Memorial Waterloo 1815
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, then examine the collection at Louwman Museum The Hague, and then examine the collection at Zaanse Schans. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Zuiderzeemuseum, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and then see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Zuiderzeemuseum, Canals area, Louwman Museum The Hague
Highlights from your plan
Canals area ©
Canals area
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Zuiderzeemuseum ©
Zuiderzeemuseum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Holmenkollen Ski Museum, then explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Norsk Folkemuseum, get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Fram Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Oslo trip builder app .

Getting from Amsterdam to Oslo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Oslo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Holmenkollen Ski Museum ©
Holmenkollen Ski Museum
Fram Museum ©
Fram Museum
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the striking features of Storkyrkan, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, see the interesting displays at Fotografiska Stockholm, then get engrossed in the history at The Swedish History Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Paradisets Naturreservat, get a sense of history and politics at Stockholm City Hall, and then explore the activities along Stockholm Canals.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Stockholm trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Oslo to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Stockholm when traveling from Oslo in August, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Paradisets Naturreservat
Highlights from your plan
The Swedish History Museum ©
The Swedish History Museum
ABBA The Museum ©
ABBA The Museum
Fotografiska Stockholm ©
Fotografiska Stockholm

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.
On the 11th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then examine the collection at Design Museum, and finally stroll through The Esplanadi Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki visit website .

Fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Catherine Palace and Park and Kazan Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Faberge Museum and Grand Maket Russia. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, stroll around Pavlovsk State Museum, don't miss a visit to Palace Square, and contemplate the waterfront views at Neva Embankments.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Maket Russia ©
Grand Maket Russia
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), then learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, then steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, and finally see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), then admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Moscow trip planner .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. August in Moscow sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

2
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.
On the 18th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), then explore the galleries of Viking Ship Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Roskilde Domkirke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kronborg, then explore the world behind art at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and then step into the grandiose world of Kastellet.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Copenhagen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Roskilde, Kronborg, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Highlights from your plan
Our Saviour's Church ©
Our Saviour's Church
Kronborg ©
Kronborg
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) and Speicherstadt. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Holstentor and International Maritime Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Schwerin Cathedral (in Schwerin), Ostsee-Strand Von Rerik (in Ostseebad Rerik) and Schloss Kalkhorst (in Kalkhorst). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. Michael's Church, see the interesting displays at Chocoversum by Hachez, get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, and take a stroll through Alster.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamburg day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Copenhagen to Hamburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Hamburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Schwerin, Holstentor, Schloss Kalkhorst, Ostsee-Strand Von Rerik
Highlights from your plan
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) ©
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)
Holstentor ©
Holstentor
International Maritime Museum ©
International Maritime Museum

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