59 days in Europe, United States & South Pacific Itinerary

59 days in Europe, United States & South Pacific Itinerary

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Start: Marseille, France
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
5
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
6
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
7
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
9
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
13
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
14
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Marseille, France

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo). Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and NEMO Science Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles (in Delft), The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum & Grote Markt). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at museum Beelden aan Zee, get engrossed in the history at De Nieuwe Kerk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam journey planner.

Marseille, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in September, things will get little chillier in Amsterdam: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Hague, Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Atomium. Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Belfry of Bruges, Basilica of the Holy Blood, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Brussels are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to London.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bruges
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Buckingham Palace and Natural History Museum. Visit Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Combe Mill (in Long Hanborough), Swinbrook (St Oswald's Church & St Mary's Church) and Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta (in Salisbury). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, get engrossed in the history at The British Museum, admire the striking features of Banqueting House, and steep yourself in history at Churchill War Rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the London route planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to London in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in London are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Burford, Combe Mill, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Stonehenge ©
Stonehenge
National Gallery ©
National Gallery

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Visit Edinburgh Castle and The Real Mary King's Close for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Royal Yacht Britannia and St Giles' Cathedral. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland, contemplate the long history of Georgian House, take a stroll through Edinburgh Old Town, and admire the striking features of The Scottish Parliament.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh route builder.

Fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from London in September, expect nights in Edinburgh to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland
Royal Yacht Britannia ©
Royal Yacht Britannia

5
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.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the world behind art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, contemplate the long history of Ellis Island, and appreciate the extensive heritage of World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Edinburgh to New York City in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in September, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from New York City to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll explore and learn at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and KickArts Contemporary Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Annie's at the Beach (in Palm Cove) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Cairns in 20 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 18 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Annie's at the Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and The Marly Palace. Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sobor Petra I Pavla, explore the galleries of Peter and Paul Fortress, and steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online tour planner.

You can fly from Cairns to St. Petersburg in 26 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from Cairns in September, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 6:
Highlights from your plan
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
The Dresden Zwinger and Big courtyard of the Residence / Grosser Schlosshof Dresdner Residenz will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Pergamonmuseum and Neues Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Bonifatius, and appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip builder website.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Berlin in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Dresden
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nymphenburg Palace and Deutsches Museum. St. Peter's Church and Asamkirche will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, view the masterpieces at Galerie Hegemann, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Munich route builder.

Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. October in Munich sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

4
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.
Doge's Palace and Arena di Verona will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Cappella dei Notai, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, and visit Campo del Ghetto.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in October; daily highs in Venice reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Verona
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Siena
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Villa Adriana. Change things up with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and admire the masterpieces at Musei Capitolini.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Vatican City, Tivoli
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Best known for its celebrated terraced gardens, Ravello is a hidden gem of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On the 27th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Rufolo, contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento Frati Minori Conventuali S.Francesco, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo della Carta. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Giovanni del Toro, steep yourself in history at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, thenget great views at Belvedere Principessa di Piemonte, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ravello Arte.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ravello road trip app.

You can drive from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, subway, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in October, Ravello is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Amalfi, Parrocchia San Giovanni
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma ©
Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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