23 days in Sweden, Holland & Denmark Itinerary

23 days in Sweden, Holland & Denmark Itinerary

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23 days in Sweden, Holland & Denmark Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lidkoping, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Tanum, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Smogen, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Lysekil, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kungalv, Sweden
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
8
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Halmstad, Sweden
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Malmo, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
11
Lund, Sweden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Copenhagen, Denmark
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
13
Roskilde, Denmark
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
14
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
15
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
16
Leiden, Holland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
17
Edam, Holland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
18
Alkmaar, Holland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
19
Leiden, Holland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
20
Delft, Holland
— Few hours
train:  1​h
21
Gouda, Holland
— Few hours
train:  1​h
22
Leiden, Holland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
23
Haarlem, Holland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
24
Leiden, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
25
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the waterfront at Nyhavn. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Oresund Bridge, then get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens, then don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue), and finally step into the grandiose world of Kastellet.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip builder 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. In July in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

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

3
nights
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg ©
Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Haga as well as Volvo factory tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): get behind the scenes at Volvo factory tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Haga.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gothenburg holiday website .

Getting from Copenhagen to Gothenburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Gothenburg, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lidkoping.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Tours Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Volvo factory tour
Highlights from your plan
Liseberg amusement park ©
Liseberg amusement park
Haga ©
Haga
Gothenburg Botanical Garden ©
Gothenburg Botanical Garden

1
night
Lidkoping, Sweden

Lidkoping ©
Lidköping is a locality and the seat of Lidköping Municipality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Rorstrands musuem and then explore the historical opulence of Lacko Slott.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lidkoping online tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Gothenburg to Lidkoping in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for Tanum.

Things to do in Lidkoping

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lacko Castle ©
Lacko Castle
Hindens Rev ©
Hindens Rev
Rorstrands musuem ©
Rorstrands musuem

1
night
Tanum, Sweden

Tanum ©
On the 8th (Mon), examine the collection at Tanums Hallristningsmuseum Underslos, enjoy breathtaking views from Rastplats Varldsarvet Tanum, and then take an in-depth tour of Vitlycke Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tanum day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Lidkoping to Tanum in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lidkoping in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Tanum. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for Smogen.

Things to do in Tanum

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tanumshede
Highlights from your plan
The Rock Carvings in Tanum ©
The Rock Carvings in Tanum
Vitlycke Museum ©
Vitlycke Museum
Tanums Hallristningsmuseum Underslos ©

1
night
Smogen, Sweden

Smogen ©
Smögen is a locality situated in Sotenäs Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden with 1,329 inhabitants in 2010. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Smogen Wooden Pier and then make a trip to Skulpturutstallningen Udden. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Smogenbryggan and then take in the waterfront at Hallo fyr.

Make your Smogen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Tanum to Smogen takes 1.5 hours. July in Smogen sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lysekil.

Things to do in Smogen

Shopping

Side Trip

Skulpturutstallningen Udden
Highlights from your plan
Smogenbryggan ©
Smogenbryggan

1
night
Lysekil, Sweden

Lysekil ©
Lysekil is a locality and the seat of Lysekil Municipality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lysekil trip planner .

Traveling by car from Smogen to Lysekil takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel to Kungalv.

Things to do in Lysekil

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lysekil Church ©
Lysekil Church

few
hours
Kungalv, Sweden

Kungalv
Kungälv is a city and the seat of Kungälv Municipality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kungalv trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Lysekil to Kungalv takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Kungalv

Historic Sites

1
night
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg
For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gothenburg road trip planner.

Gothenburg is very close to Kungalv. On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel to Halmstad.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Halmstad, Sweden

Halmstad
Halmstad is a port, university, industrial and recreational city at the mouth of Nissan in the province of Halland on the Swedish west coast. To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Halmstad trip planner .

You can take a train from Gothenburg to Halmstad in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Halmstad sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 12th (Fri), you're off toMalmo.

Things to do in Halmstad

Parks Outdoors Museums

1
night
Malmo, Sweden

Malmo ©
A conglomeration of over a hundred different nationalities, cosmopolitan Malmo sits on the southern tip of Sweden as part of the most densely populated area in Scandinavia.
On the 12th (Fri), make a trip to Little Square and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kungsparken.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Malmo road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Halmstad to Malmo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Malmo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lund.

Things to do in Malmo

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kungsparken ©
Kungsparken
Little Square ©
Little Square

1
night
Lund, Sweden

Lund ©
Small enough to cover on foot in a single afternoon, Lund boasts one of Europe's oldest and most prominent universities.
On the 13th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Kulturen in Lund - Museum of Cultural History and Open-Air Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens (Botaniska Tradgarden), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lund Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lund trip planner .

Lund is very close to Malmo. In July, daily temperatures in Lund can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Lund

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

few
hours
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Copenhagen vacation planner .

Getting from Lund to Copenhagen by car takes about an hour. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Roskilde.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kongens Have ©
Kongens Have

few
hours
Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde ©
An ancient city from the Viking Age, today Roskilde welcomes a new crowd, especially as host of Roskilde Festival, a popular rock festival in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum, then steep yourself in history at L.A. Rings Atelier og Besogscenter, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Roskilde Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Roskilde online trip maker .

Roskilde is just a stone's throw from Copenhagen. In July, daytime highs in Roskilde are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Roskilde

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Roskilde Domkirke ©
Roskilde Domkirke
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

1
night
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen
To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen road trip planning tool .

Copenhagen is just a stone's throw from Roskilde. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House and then meet the residents at ARTIS.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Copenhagen to Amsterdam by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Leiden.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
ARTIS ©
ARTIS

few
hours
Leiden, Holland

Leiden
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Leiden travel planning website .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Leiden takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Leiden sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 58°F at night. You will leave for Edam on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Leiden

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Edam, Holland

Edam ©
Edam is a city in the northwest Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Edam route maker .

You can drive from Leiden to Edam in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Edam are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Alkmaar.

Things to do in Edam

Tours

Side Trip

Marken
Highlights from your plan
Amsterdam City Tours ©
Amsterdam City Tours

few
hours
Alkmaar, Holland

Alkmaar ©
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Alkmaar holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Edam to Alkmaar takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Leiden.
Highlights from your plan
Grote Sint Laurenskerk ©
Grote Sint Laurenskerk
Alkmaar City Hall ©
Alkmaar City Hall

1
night
Leiden, Holland

Leiden
For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Leiden trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Alkmaar to Leiden in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll set off for Delft on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Leiden

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Delft, Holland

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
On the 17th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Markt, then don't miss a visit to Beestenmarkt, and then see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Delft trip planner .

Delft is just a short distance from Leiden. In July, daily temperatures in Delft can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gouda.

Things to do in Delft

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Beestenmarkt
Beestenmarkt
Markt ©
Markt

few
hours
Gouda, Holland

Gouda ©
Gouda is a municipality and city in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gouda trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Delft to Gouda takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Leiden.

Things to do in Gouda

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sint Janskerk ©
Sint Janskerk

1
night
Leiden, Holland

Leiden
To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Leiden trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Gouda to Leiden takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Haarlem.

Things to do in Leiden

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Haarlem, Holland

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): view the masterpieces at De Vishal, then admire the landmark architecture of Vleeshal, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, and finally steep yourself in history at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo).

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Haarlem trip itinerary builder tool .

Haarlem is very close to Leiden. In July, daytime highs in Haarlem are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Leiden.

Things to do in Haarlem

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Teylers Museum ©
Teylers Museum
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©

2
nights
Leiden, Holland

Leiden ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pieterskerk Leiden and then engage your brain at CORPUS 'journey through the human body'. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Molen De Adriaan Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Leiden trip planner .

Leiden is just a short distance from Haarlem. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Leiden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, Molen De Adriaan Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
Molen De Adriaan Museum ©
Molen De Adriaan Museum
Pieterskerk Leiden ©
Pieterskerk Leiden

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nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
On the 21st (Sun), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Copenhagen ZOO, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, then appreciate the history behind Georg Carstensen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Saviour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Leiden to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Copenhagen ZOO ©
Copenhagen ZOO
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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