13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Helsinki, Finland
— Few hours
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Osaka, Japan

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, then tour the water at your own pace with Go Boat, then wander the streets of Nyhavn, and finally don't miss a visit to The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Museum of Denmark, take in panoramic vistas at The Round Tower, and then shop like a local with National Gallery of Denmark.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Copenhagen is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Copenhagen due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Copenhagen, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): take a stroll through De Negen Straatjes, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), then hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Centraal Station.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam holiday planner.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Vasa Museum, see the interesting displays at Skansen, and then hunt for treasures at Ostermalm Saluhall. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Abba The Museum, explore the world behind art at Fotografiska, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and finally head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Stockholm takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Amsterdam in October: high temperatures in Stockholm hover around 11°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): shop like a local with Nevsky Prospekt, buy something for everyone on your list at Yeliseev's Food Hall (Yeliseevskiy Gastronom), and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and then see the interesting displays at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip builder.

Fly from Stockholm to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Stockholm to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In October in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

few
hours
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel itinerary creator.

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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