56 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

56 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 6 nights
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Karlsruhe, Germany
— 5 nights
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Nancy, France
— 3 nights
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Annecy, France
— 1 night
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Grenoble, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Bourges, France
— 3 nights
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Orleans, France
— 4 nights
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Rennes, France
— 2 nights
Train to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2, Train to Bruges
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Raleigh, United States
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Pergamonmuseum and The Dresden Zwinger. Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, explore the world behind art at Neues Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Berlin road trip tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Berlin is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Karlsruhe.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:

Karlsruhe, Germany

— 5 nights

Fan City

One of Germany's first truly "planned" cities, Karlsruhe is naturally a center for technological development and important national institutions.
Get some historical perspective at Fortress Marienberg and Würzburg Residence. You'll explore and learn at Reichsstadtmuseum and Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). Change things up with these side-trips from Karlsruhe: Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz Museum & Porsche Museum), Marienkapelle (in Wurzburg) and Eninger Weide (in Eningen unter Achalm). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Town Walls, identify plant and animal life at Tinnunculus, explore the world behind art at Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant, and take a stroll through Altstadt.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Karlsruhe trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Berlin to Karlsruhe in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June in Karlsruhe, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nancy.

Things to do in Karlsruhe

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:

Nancy, France

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Dominique Alexandre Godron Garden, then walk around Parc de la Pepiniere, and finally don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness the site of a historic battle at Group Fortifications of Aisne, then admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Le Temple Neuf.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nancy trip maker app.

Drive from Karlsruhe to Nancy in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

Annecy, France

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 15th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Annecy Lake Safari, then examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, then make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Paccard.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy travel route planner.

Drive from Nancy to Annecy in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 16:

Grenoble, France

— 1 night

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll through Domaine de Vizille, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Notre Dame, then explore the world behind art at Musee de Grenoble, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grenoble trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Annecy to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colline de Fourviere and Place des Celestins. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, steep yourself in history at L'Usine des Eaux de Cuire, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon tour builder.

Getting from Grenoble to Lyon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lyon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bourges.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:

Bourges, France

— 3 nights

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale De Bourges and Maison De George Sand. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Materiel and Palais Jacques-Coeur. Change things up with these side-trips from Bourges: Moulins (Musee de la Visitation, CNCS - Centre National du Costume de Scene, &more), Chateau d'Herisson (in Herisson) and Eglise Saint-Aignan de Brinay (in Brinay). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Barbe, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Valencay, and make a trip to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bourges day trip planning site.

Drive from Lyon to Bourges in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Bourges. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Orleans, France

— 4 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chambord and Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci. Get some historical perspective at Chateau Royal d'Amboise and Orléans Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Orleans: Domaine de La Croix Melier (in Montlouis-sur-Loire), Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois & Escalier Denis Papin) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and steep yourself in history at Hotel Groslot.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Orleans tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bourges to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Orleans, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Rennes, France

— 2 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Manoir de l'Automobile, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres, and then walk around Parc du Thabor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum), then examine the collection at Les Champs Libres, and then examine the collection at Musee de Bretagne.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rennes road trip planner.

Drive from Orleans to Rennes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In June in Rennes, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Rennes

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Groeningemuseum and MOdus 8. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Ghent City Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Provinciaal Hof, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bruges sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rennes to Bruges by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Rennes, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bruges, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels online route planner.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Newcastle upon Tyne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Student City

One of the hippest urban centers in the northeastern part of the country, Newcastle upon Tyne once had a reputation for being an industrial wasteland with little to offer casual tourists.
Appreciate the collections at National Railway Museum and Beamish Museum. York Minster and York City Walls will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle upon Tyne: York Castle Museum (in York) and Durham (Durham Cathedral & Durham Castle). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Riverside Falconry, explore the historical opulence of The Castle, Newcastle, make a trip to The Angel of the North, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Newcastle upon Tyne journey planner.

Fly from Brussels to Newcastle upon Tyne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Newcastle upon Tyne is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect nights in Newcastle upon Tyne to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sunderland.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

Sunderland, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Sunderland is a city at the centre of the City of Sunderland metropolitan borough, in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 10 miles southeast of Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 miles northeast of Durham, 101 miles southeast of Edinburgh and 240 miles north of London. On the 14th (Thu), kick back and relax at Roker & Seaburn Beaches, see the interesting displays at National Glass Centre, and then stroll through WWT Washington Wetland Centre.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sunderland road trip planning app.

Sunderland is just a short distance from Newcastle upon Tyne. In July, daily temperatures in Sunderland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Blackburn.

Things to do in Sunderland

Parks · Beaches · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Blackburn, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Blackburn is a large town in Lancashire, England. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pendle Hill, then explore the historical opulence of Clitheroe Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Alban's Roman Catholic Church, and finally explore the activities along Turton and Entwistle Reservoir. Keep things going the next day: walk around Williamson Park, explore the historical opulence of Lancaster Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Blackburn online route planner.

You can drive from Sunderland to Blackburn in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Liverpool.

Things to do in Blackburn

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Liverpool, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

Capital of Pop Music

Famous for being the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool is a vibrant city with an outstanding cultural heritage.
Get some historical perspective at Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels and Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool. Do some cultural sightseeing at Conwy Castle and Royal Albert Dock Liverpool. Venture out of the city with trips to Northwich (Stockley Farm Birds of Prey Centre & Vale Royal Falconry Centre), Seacoast Safaris (in Beaumaris) and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron (in Coalbrookdale). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Blists Hill Victorian Town, learn more about the world around you at World Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Liverpool Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at The Beatles Story.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Liverpool using our trip planner.

Getting from Blackburn to Liverpool by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Liverpool can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Raleigh.

Things to do in Liverpool

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:

Raleigh, United States

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): learn more about the world around you at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, stroll through Fletcher Park, then admire the masterpieces at North Carolina Museum of Art, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Duke Lemur Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duke University Chapel, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Raleigh trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Liverpool to Raleigh. The time zone difference when traveling from Liverpool to Raleigh is minus 5 hours. While traveling from Liverpool, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Raleigh, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.