18 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

18 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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18 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Oakland, United States
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Innsbruck, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
7
New York City, United States
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Phoenix, United States

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Oakland, United States

Oakland ©
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. For reviews and tourist information, use the Oakland trip itinerary maker site .

Phoenix to Oakland is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Oakland due to the time zone difference. In July, Oakland is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Oakland

Nature Parks
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Lake Merritt ©
Lake Merritt

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and then step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planner .

Do a combination of subway and flight from Oakland to Paris in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Oakland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Fraumünster Church and Jesuitenkirche for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Swiss National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Mt Pilatus). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner .

Getting from Paris to Zurich by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

5
nights
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
You'll explore and learn at Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle) and Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Visit Dom zu St. Jakob and Altstadt von Innsbruck for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Innsbruck: Kitzsteinhorn (in Zell am See), Hexenwasser (in Soll) and Achensee (in Maurach). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Alpine Coaster, appreciate the history behind Hofkirche, meet the residents at Alpenzoo, and head outdoors with Bergisel Ski Jump.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Innsbruck travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Innsbruck takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitzsteinhorn, Hexenwasser, Alpine Coaster, Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Rosshutte
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Swarovski Crystal Worlds ©
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the activities along Canal Grande, examine the collection at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Venice route site .

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Venice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Innsbruck in August; daily highs in Venice reach 85°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

2
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.
On the 9th (Thu), steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Rome online trip planner .

Getting from Venice to Rome by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Central Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New York City vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rome to New York City takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to New York City is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Rome in August, you will find days in New York City are little chillier (84°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Central Park ©
Central Park
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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