36 days in United States, Western Europe & Italy Itinerary

36 days in United States, Western Europe & Italy Itinerary

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36 days in United States, Western Europe & Italy Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  17​h
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  12​h 15​min
3
York, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
4
Bath, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
7
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 3rd (Tue), discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (24°C), and nights are colder (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Chrysler Building.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the New York City journey website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect nights in New York City to be a bit cooler, around 2°C, while days are cooler, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to York.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

few
hours
York, United Kingdom

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our York trip maker site .

Getting from New York City to York by combination of flight and train takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to York. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Bath.

Things to do in York

Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

Bath ©
A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cotswolds Distillery (in Stourton), Cheltenham (Walks With Hawks & Wishing Fish Clock) and The Cotswold Brewing Company (in Bourton-on-the-Water). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with The Cotswold Range, get lost in a book at Gloucestershire Archives, enjoy some diversion at Cotswold Clay Club, and see the interesting displays at Corinium Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Bath tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from York to Bath in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to London.

Things to do in Bath

Fun & Games Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Cirencester, Cheltenham, Feldon Valley, Cotswolds, Cotswold Archery, Cotswold Clay Club
Highlights from your plan
Walks With Hawks ©
Walks With Hawks
Cotswolds Distillery ©
Cotswolds Distillery
The Cotswold Range ©
The Cotswold Range

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament, and see the interesting displays at The British Museum.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our London vacation planner .

You can take a train from Bath to London in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in London, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

4
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 to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

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You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, then examine the collection at Klingende Sammlung, and then explore the activities along Aare River.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bern road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Paris to Bern takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Paris in December, with highs in Bern at 5°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then wander the streets of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, and finally admire the striking features of Bibliothek Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

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nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
When in Venice, make a side trip to see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip tool .

Fly from Zurich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Zurich in December, you will find days in Venice are somewhat warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planning website .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, take an in-depth tour of Musei Capitolini, and contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Rome tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Rome are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, then stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally pause for some photo ops at Casa Batllo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso.

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You can fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Barcelona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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