20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

20 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
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Stavanger, Norway
— 2 nights
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Bergen, Norway
— 2 nights
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Flam, Norway
— 2 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
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Gothenburg, Sweden
— 1 night
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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Copenhagen, Denmark

— 3 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Gefionspringvandet and Kastellet. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, enjoy breathtaking views from Rundetarn, and stroll around Kongens Have.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Copenhagen itinerary planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Copenhagen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Copenhagen is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Beirut, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Copenhagen, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Stavanger.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Stavanger, Norway

— 2 nights

Oil Capital

The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Sverd i fjell and then appreciate the views at Lysefjord. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Flor & Fjære, then engage your brain at Norwegian Petroleum Museum, and then have fun and explore at Norsk Hermetikkmuseum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Stavanger day trip planning app.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Stavanger in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Copenhagen in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Stavanger: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bergen.

Things to do in Stavanger

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Nature

Bergen, Norway

— 2 nights

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
On the 7th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ulriken, then steep yourself in history at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, then get engrossed in the history at Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen, and finally go for a walk through Stoltzekleiven.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bergen trip planner.

You can fly from Stavanger to Bergen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bergen can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Flam.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Flam, Norway

— 2 nights
Nestled in a kingdom of mountains and fjords, the scenic village of Flam serves as a good base for exploring some of the most beautiful sights of Norwegian nature.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get in touch with nature with FjordSafari, then enjoy breathtaking views from Stegastein Lookout, and then make a trip to Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Naeroyfjord, then take in the dramatic scenery at Brekkefossen, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borgund Stave Church.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Flam sightseeing planner.

Getting from Bergen to Flam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Flam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Oslo.

Things to do in Flam

Parks · Nature · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Oslo, Norway

— 3 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Explore hidden gems such as Frogner Park and National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet. And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bygdøy, examine the collection at Viking Ship Museum, walk around Vigeland Park, and brush up on your military savvy at Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oslo trip tool.

Drive from Flam to Oslo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Flam in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oslo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Gothenburg, Sweden

— 1 night

Little London

Situated on Sweden's western coastline, Gothenburg attracts visitors with cultural festivals, a lively music scene, and a blend of classical and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Slottsskogen, then examine the collection at Volvo Museum, then walk around Gothenburg Botanical Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Horticultural Gardens (Tradgardsforeningen).

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gothenburg tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oslo to Gothenburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Oslo in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Gothenburg, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Stockholm, Sweden

— 3 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monteliusvagen and Moderna Museet - Stockholm. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, have a blast at Grona Lunds Tivoli, step off the mainland to explore Sodermalm, and admire the landmark architecture of Drottningholm Palace.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm road trip website.

Fly from Gothenburg to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Stockholm sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Helsinki, Finland

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Sweden travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Mother Svea
Once the land of the Vikings, Sweden today combines a long and fascinating history with a propensity for the very modern. The grand Romanesque churches that dot the countryside contrast with the clean, simple lines and partiality for organization the country is known for. With its reverence for the shy, reserved, and considerate, the nation exudes a sensation of being comfortable. Peek into the quiet lives from afar, gather around traditional "fika" coffee with loved ones, or dine on meatballs, herring, and potatoes. Immerse yourself in nature among the forests and trails so respected by their citizens, and take in the latest design and cultural offerings in this modest yet aesthetically savvy country.

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."