55 days in Europe, United States & Canada Itinerary

55 days in Europe, United States & Canada Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Bus to Vienna, Fly to Munich
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
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New York City, United States
— 5 nights
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Quebec City, Canada
— 2 nights
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Toronto, Canada
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gravensteen and Graslei and Korenlei. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take an in-depth tour of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bruges is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. June in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Visit Grand Place and Serres Royales De Laeken for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the natural beauty at Castle of Laeken, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Brussels are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Grand Canal, The Trianons & The Hamlet, &more) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Brussels in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 4 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 The Dresden Zwinger and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum. Go for a jaunt from Berlin to Dresden to see Katholische Hofkirche about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, admire the striking features of Berliner Dom, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Berlin trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Berlin in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Old Town Hall, then steep yourself in history at Devin Castle, then snap pictures at New Bridge (Novy Most), and finally admire the masterpieces at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, stop by Bratislava Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then steep yourself in history at Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), and finally steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bratislava tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Berlin to Bratislava takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Michael's Church and Frauenkirche. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munich planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bratislava to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bratislava in June, with highs in Munich at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte and Landesmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Landsgemeindeplatz and Hofkirche. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Bourbaki Panorama & Jesuitenkirche) and Appenzell (St Mauritius Church & Museum Appenzell). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, take a stroll through Old Town, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

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Drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La Croisette. Your inner history buff will appreciate La cité médiévale and Le Suquet. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to St-Paul-de-Vence (La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul & Saint-Paul de Vence), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Les Jardins du MIP (in Mouans-Sartoux). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with Be Free To Dive, visit Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online tour planner.

Fly from Zurich to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in June, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 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.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Museu Picasso and Parc de Montjuic. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, examine the collection at Carrer del Mirador del Palau Nacional, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Nice to Barcelona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Barcelona are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Madrid, Spain

— 5 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Prado National Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Royal Palace of Madrid and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, walk around Parque del Retiro, and stroll through Casa de Campo.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Barcelona in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

New York City, United States

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and contemplate the long history of Ellis Island.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to New York City takes 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Madrid in July, you will find days in New York City are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Quebec City.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Quebec City, Canada

— 2 nights
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec (MNBAQ), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Terrasse Dufferin, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Royale. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Morrin Centre and then wander the streets of Old Quebec.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Quebec City trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from New York City to Quebec City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, Quebec City is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Quebec City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Toronto, Canada

— 3 nights

New York City of Canada

Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
Get some historical perspective at Casa Loma and St James Anglican Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Ontario Museum and Hockey Hall of Fame. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Distillery District, enjoy breathtaking views from CN Tower, and brush up on your military savvy at Fort York National Historic Site.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Toronto online trip maker.

You can fly from Quebec City to Toronto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Toronto are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

San Francisco, United States

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Charles M. Schulz Museum. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Safari West in Santa Rosa, approximately Santa Rosa away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Chinatown, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Toronto to San Francisco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

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.

Slovakia travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

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.

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.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.