38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Bergen, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Tromso, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Oslo, Norway
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Stockholm, Sweden
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Hamburg, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: San Francisco, United States

2
nights
Bergen, Norway

Bergen ©
A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lyderhorn and Arab Baths. Museum-lovers will get to explore Theta Museum and Bergen Art Museum - The Rasmus Meyer Collections. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Helleneset, look for gifts at Julehuset, see the interesting displays at Bryggens Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bergen travel itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Bergen is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Bergen is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Bergen to be slightly colder, temps between 38°F and 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Tromso.

Things to do in Bergen

Parks Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Helleneset ©
Helleneset
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene ©
Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene
KODE Art Museums of Bergen ©
KODE Art Museums of Bergen

4
nights
Tromso, Norway

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
The Polar Museum (Polarmuseet) and Perspektivet Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Polaria. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arctic Cathedral, shop like a local with Tromso Center for Contemporary Art, see the interesting displays at Tromsø University Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at The Art Museum of Northern Norway.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tromso itinerary planner.

Fly from Bergen to Tromso in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bergen in January, things will get slightly colder in Tromso: highs are around 28°F and lows about 20°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Tromso

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

The Arctic Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Arctic Cathedral ©
The Arctic Cathedral
Active Tromso ©
Active Tromso

5
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Let the collections at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and Vigeland Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Oslomarka and Molen. Go for a jaunt from Oslo to Notodden to see Heddal stave church about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Korketrekkeren, explore the activities along Northern Lights, take a stroll through Grunerlokka, and make a trip to Karl Johans gate.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tromso to Oslo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Oslo can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Molen, Heddal Stave Church
Highlights from your plan
Korketrekkeren ©
Korketrekkeren
Norsk Folkemuseum ©
Norsk Folkemuseum
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Stockholm Old Town and Sandhamn. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace and Monteliusvagen. Step out of Stockholm with an excursion to Uppsala Domkyrka in Uppsala--about 1:10 hours away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, step off the mainland to explore Sodermalm, admire the masterpieces at Magasin 3, and enjoy some music at Drottningholm Palace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Stockholm holiday planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Stockholm is somewhat warmer than Oslo - with highs of 33°F and lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Millesgarden, Uppsala Domkyrka, Drottningholm Palace
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then explore the galleries of Fortress of Suomenlinna.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Helsinki when traveling from Stockholm in January, with lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

7
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.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Peterhof State Museum Preserve (in Peterhof), The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt (in Kronshtadt) and Koshkino Park (in Vsevolozhsk). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at State Russian Museum, step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Igora, and wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in St. Petersburg at 23°F and lows at 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Koshkino Park, Canyon of River Lava
Highlights from your plan
Grand Maket Russia ©
Grand Maket Russia
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

5
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miniatur Wunderland and Speicherstadt. Visit Alter Elbtunnel and St. Petri Kirche for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamburg: Lubeck (St. Petri zu Lubeck & Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Hamburger Kunsthalle, wander the streets of Reeperbahn, see the interesting displays at Choco-Laden im Chocoversum by Hachez, and contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hamburg.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hamburg trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Hamburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Hamburg is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in February; daily highs in Hamburg reach 40°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Lubeck, Wildpark Schwarze Berge
Highlights from your plan
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
Alster ©
Alster

5
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.
Visiting Gudmindrup Beach and Bureso will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of Denmark and Jaegerborg Dyrehave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copenhagen: Stevns Klint (in Store Heddinge) and Eskebjerg Vesterlyng (in Eskebjerg). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Nyhavn, make a trip to Stroeget, take an in-depth tour of Rosenborg Castle, and appreciate the history behind The Little Mermaid (Den Lille Havfrue).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip builder.

Fly from Hamburg to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Klampenborg, Stevns Klint, Gudmindrup Beach, Eskebjerg Vesterlyng, Bureso
Highlights from your plan
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Stroeget ©
Stroeget

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