58 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

58 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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58 days in Europe, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

Start: Marseille, France
Fly + train:  5​h
1
Cologne, Germany
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
9
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
10
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
11
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
London, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
14
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
15
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Marseille, France

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig and then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne road trip planning app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cologne is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Ca' d'Oro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Chiesa degli Eremitani, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, examine the collection at Ca' Rezzonico, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Venice route planner.

You can fly from Cologne to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Let the collections at Uffizi Galleries and Basilica di Santa Croce capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Siena Cathedral, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Florence travel route planning tool .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: highs in Florence hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Siena
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Get some cultural insight at Vatican Museums and Palatine Hill. Appreciate the collections at Galleria Borghese and Welcome to Rome. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and explore the world behind art at Musei Capitolini.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rome trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg travel route planning app .

Getting from Rome to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Rome in January: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around -5°C and lows are around -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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night
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 21st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and finally admire the masterpieces at The State Tretyakov Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
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State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and Trinity College Chapel. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Panorama Garden Estate in Boneo--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and admire the striking features of Old Treasury Building.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Moscow to Melbourne in 22.5 hours. Traveling from Moscow to Melbourne, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moscow in January, expect Melbourne to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Panorama Garden Estate
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia ©

5
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Venture out of the city with trips to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Asian Art Museum. There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, examine the collection at San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Gregangelo Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to San Francisco takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Appreciate the collections at 9/11 Memorial and Frick Collection. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), examine the collection at New York Public Library, and wander the streets of Times Square.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New York City online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in New York City at 9°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island ©
Ellis Island

3
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral are in your itinerary. National Museum of Scotland and Royal Yacht Britannia will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at BobCat Alpacas, explore the world behind art at Scottish National Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and make a trip to The Real Mary King's Close.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from New York City to Edinburgh by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Edinburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. February in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Dalhousie Castle Falconry
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
BobCat Alpacas ©
BobCat Alpacas
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
National Museum of Scotland ©
National Museum of Scotland

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Westminster Abbey and Natural History Museum. Popular historic sites such as Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from London: St Nicholas Church (in Lower Oddington), Swinbrook (St Oswald's Church & St Mary's Church) and Combe Mill (in Long Hanborough). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at Churchill War Rooms, see the interesting displays at Imperial War Museum, and take in the views from Tower Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read London road trip site .

You can fly from Edinburgh to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bruges.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Burford, St Nicholas Church, Combe Mill
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
The British Museum ©
The British Museum

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), make a trip to The Markt, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Gravensteen Castle, examine the collection at Friet Museum, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then examine the collection at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip maker site .

You can drive from London to Bruges in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Bruges due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and Atomium. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel route builder .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Brussels sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) for their historical value. Rijksmuseum and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Frans Hals Museum). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planning app .

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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