17 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

17 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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17 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
1
New York City, United States
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at Economy Candy, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Fifth Avenue.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in New York City

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chartres Cathedral and Fondation Claude Monet. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Île de la Cité and Sainte-Chapelle. There's more to do: take a stroll through Le Marais and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Paris takes 12 hours. Traveling from New York City to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 78°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Chartres Cathedral
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Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 25th (Fri), stop by Chocolaterie Laia, stop by Accoceberry Piment d'Espelette, and then kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne and then enjoy the sand and surf at Corsaires Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Biarritz trip builder.

Fly from Paris to Biarritz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Accoceberry, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, Corsaires Beach, Chocolaterie Laia
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Corsaires Beach ©
Corsaires Beach
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Chocolaterie Laia ©
Chocolaterie Laia

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Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Bridoire and Chateau Belingard. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cordouan Lighthouse Phare de Cordouan and Chateau de Bourdeilles. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes (in Sauternes), Friday Market (in Riberac) and Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde). There's much more to do: browse the fresh offerings at Marche Central de Royan, make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and look for gifts at Sophie's Store.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Biarritz to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Chateau de Bourdeilles, Friday Market, La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes, Chateau de Bridoire, Marche Central de Royan
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Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
Chateau de Bourdeilles ©
Chateau de Bourdeilles
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt, then buy something for everyone on your list at Main-Taunus Zentrum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Wilhelmstrasse.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Frankfurt in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Bruges.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Burg Ronneburg, Wilhelmstrasse, Main-Taunus Zentrum
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Main-Taunus Zentrum ©
Main-Taunus Zentrum
Burg Ronneburg ©
Burg Ronneburg
Wilhelmstrasse ©
Wilhelmstrasse

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmer's Market Market, don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer, and finally look for gifts at The Bottle Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bruges vacation planner.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Bruges in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Shopping
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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter and Paul and then stop by Shopping Center la Belle Etoile.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Luxembourg City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg, Shopping Center la Belle Etoile
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Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial ©
Casemates du Bock ©
Casemates du Bock

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