55 days in United States, Europe, South Pacific & Canada Itinerary

55 days in United States, Europe, South Pacific & Canada Itinerary

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Drive to Quebec Jean Lesage International Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
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Washington DC, United States
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Nice, Fly to Zurich
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Aarau, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
— 4 nights
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, Drive to Halmstad
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Halmstad, Sweden
— 1 night
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Molde, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive to Ålesund Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly to Calgary International Airport, Drive to Lethbridge
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Lethbridge, Canada
— 1 night
Fly
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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Washington DC, United States

— 6 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You'll explore and learn at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gettysburg National Military Park and Arlington National Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (in Lothian), Gettysburg (Little Round Top & Gettysburg National Cemetery) and Family Fishing Adventures (in Annapolis). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at International Spy Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Beaupre, Canada to Washington DC is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Beaupre in June, with highs in Washington DC at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lascaux Caves 4 and CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain. Popular historic sites such as Place de la Bourse and Eglise Saint Paul are in your itinerary. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Hydrosphere Plongee (in Gujan-Mestras) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, and stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux online trip planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Bordeaux in 14.5 hours. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bordeaux due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in June, with highs in Bordeaux at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Secrets d'Apiculteur. Fourviere Hill and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee Dauphinois, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Bordeaux to Lyon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In June in Lyon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Marseille, France

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Granet. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, stop by The Panier, and identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

— 2 nights
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace, examine the collection at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Gardens, steep yourself in history at Vieux Monaco, then try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, and finally make a trip to Casino Square.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Monte-Carlo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in June: highs in Monte-Carlo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lake Lucerne (in Lucerne), Astrid-Kapelle (in Kuessnacht am Rigi) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Alterthumer Magazin, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Monte-Carlo to Zurich takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Monte-Carlo in June, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Zurich. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aarau.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Aarau, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Aarau is a town, a municipality, and the capital of the northern Swiss canton of Aargau. On the 26th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Wildegg Castle, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Lenzburg, and then delve into the distant past at Augusta Raurica. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Aargauer Kunsthaus, see the interesting displays at Naturama Aargau, then step into the grandiose world of Hallwyl Castle, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildpark Roggenhausen.

To find out how to plan a trip to Aarau, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Zurich to Aarau in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Aarau are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Aarau

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Appreciate the collections at Palais de Rohan and Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Visit Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to NaturoparC - Hunawihr (in Hunawihr), La Volerie des Aigles (in Kintzheim) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's much more to do: take a stroll through La Petite France, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg attractions planner.

You can drive from Aarau to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. In June in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kaiserslautern.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kaiserslautern, Germany

— 4 nights
Though relatively small, Kaiserslautern offers a surprisingly large number of opportunities for dining, nightlife, and relaxation.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Stadtmuseum Simeonstift and Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum). Visit St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Porta Nigra for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaiserslautern: Trier (St. Paulin-Kirche, Kaiserthermen, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Burg Nanstein, admire the natural beauty at Japanischer Garten (Japanese Garden), examine the collection at Museum Pfalzgalerie, and stroll around Gartenschau Kaiserslautern.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kaiserslautern online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Kaiserslautern takes 2 hours. Traveling from Strasbourg in July, expect Kaiserslautern to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Eindhoven.

Things to do in Kaiserslautern

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

City of Lights

The capital of Dutch industrial design, Eindhoven is known as the "City of Light." This is thanks to the technology company, Phillips, which has its base here and hosts many light projects in buildings around the city.
Appreciate the collections at Kroller-Muller Museum and PSV Museum. Airborne Cemetery and St. Catharinakerk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eindhoven: World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk), Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat) and Groothoofdspoort (in Dordrecht). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Regte Heide & Riels Laag, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery van Dun - Contemporary Art, examine the collection at DAF Museum, and stop by JOKKMOKK.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Eindhoven journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kaiserslautern to Eindhoven takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Gravensteen and Belfry of Bruges. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Sint-Jacobskerk, St. Nicholas' Cathedral, &more) and Transfo duiktank (in Zwevegem). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and examine the collection at Friet Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Eindhoven to Bruges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Eindhoven in July: highs in Bruges hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Halmstad.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Halmstad, Sweden

— 1 night
Halmstad is a port, university, industrial and recreational city at the mouth of Nissan in the province of Halland on the Swedish west coast. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): go for a walk through Steningekusten.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Halmstad day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bruges to Halmstad. In July, daily temperatures in Halmstad can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Molde.

Things to do in Halmstad

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Molde, Norway

— 2 nights
Molde is a city and municipality in Romsdal in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Molde Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Romsdal Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at More & Romsdal Art Center, and finally make a trip to Varden the Molde Panorama.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Molde tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Halmstad to Molde in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Molde can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Molde

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and German Lutheran Trinity Church for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Amour of the Grape Tours in Rosebud, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, pick up some new knowledge with The Johnston Collection, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Molde to Melbourne. The time zone difference when traveling from Molde to Melbourne is 9 hours. In July, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Molde - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Lethbridge.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Lethbridge, Canada

— 1 night
Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, and the largest city in southern Alberta. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, identify plant and animal life at Helen Schuler Nature Centre, and then get a dose of the wild on Alberta Birds of Prey Visitor's Centre. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Fort (Museum of the North West Mounted Police), admire all the interesting features of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Fort Whoop-Up, and finally examine the collection at Galt Museum & Archives.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lethbridge trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Melbourne to Lethbridge. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Melbourne to Lethbridge. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Lethbridge are much warmer (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Lethbridge

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

— 2 nights
Near the U.S./Canada border, Sault Ste.
On the 23rd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Sault Ste. Marie Museum, contemplate the long history of Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, then take an in-depth tour of Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, and finally trek along Sault ste Marie Boardwalk. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Homespun Treasures, then identify plant and animal life at Gros Cap Conservation Area, then make a trip to Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fort Creek Conservation Area.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie trip itinerary app.

Getting from Lethbridge to Sault Ste. Marie by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

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.