13 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

13 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Sacramento, United States
Bus:  2 h
1
San Francisco, United States
— Few hours
Fly:  17 h
2
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Ghent, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Maastricht, The Netherlands
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Bonn, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Sankt Goar, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
10
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Munster, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
12
Bremen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Hamburg, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
train:  14 h 30 min
15
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h 30 min
16
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
17
San Francisco, United States
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Sacramento, United States

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning tool.

Sacramento to San Francisco is an approximately 2- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sacramento in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. On the 30th (Sat), you're off to Paris.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wineries Tours
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

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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.
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Paris in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of subway and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 49°F at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Shopping
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atomium as well as Museum of Natural Sciences. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Museum of Natural Sciences ©
Museum of Natural Sciences

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ghent trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Micropia as well as Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace).

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam road trip planning app.

Getting from Ghent to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Maastricht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums

Side Trip

Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)
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Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) ©
Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)
Micropia ©
Micropia

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Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Maastricht trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Maastricht in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Maastricht

Fun & Games Parks Nightlife
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glowing Rooms 3D Schwarzlicht Minigolf. On the 4th (Thu), get your game on at Glowing Rooms 3D Schwarzlicht Minigolf.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cologne trip maker app.

Getting from Maastricht to Cologne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Cologne sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bonn.

Things to do in Cologne

Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

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Bonn, Germany

Bonn
The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bonn journey planning app.

Bonn is just a stone's throw from Cologne. June in Bonn sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 5th (Fri), you're off to Sankt Goar.

Things to do in Bonn

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

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Sankt Goar, Germany

Sankt Goar
Sankt Goar is a town on the west bank of the Middle Rhine in the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis (district) in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sankt Goar planning site.

You can drive from Bonn to Sankt Goar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Sankt Goar

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne
To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planner.

Drive from Sankt Goar to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Munster.

Things to do in Cologne

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 6:

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Munster, Germany

Munster
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Munster trip planner.

Getting from Cologne to Munster by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Munster can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You will leave for Bremen on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Munster

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:

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Bremen, Germany

Bremen
A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bremen trip planner.

Getting from Munster to Bremen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hamburg.

Things to do in Bremen

Museums Nightlife Parks
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:

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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
You've now added Miniatur Wunderland to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hamburg trip planner.

You can take a train from Bremen to Hamburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Hamburg are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Großer Tiergarten, Garten der Welt and Ramones Museum Berlin. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): have a few drinks at Ramones Museum Berlin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Hamburg to Berlin by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Nightlife Museums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Garten der Welt ©
Garten der Welt
Ramones Museum Berlin ©
Ramones Museum Berlin
Großer Tiergarten ©
Großer Tiergarten

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zurich tour planning site.

Fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You'll set off for Paris on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

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Paris, France

Paris ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Louvre Museum, The Paris Catacombs, and other attractions.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco
For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Paris to San Francisco by combination of train and flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and subway. Traveling from Paris to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 11th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wineries Tours
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:

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