39 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

39 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Porto, Portugal
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New York City, United States
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Paris, France

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Rue d'Antibes and Azur Wine Tours. Shop till you drop at La Croisette and Marche Forville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: TakSea (in Saint-Raphael) and Le Suquet (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern will appeal to museum buffs. Hagia Sophia and Chora Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip tool.

Getting from Nice to Istanbul by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Acropolis Museum and Benaki Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Seahorse Dive Center and Glyfada Beach. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, take a stroll through Plaka, stop by Monastiraki, and appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Athens day trip app.

Getting from Istanbul to Athens by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Athens is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: high temperatures in Athens hover around 39°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 5 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. Let the collections at Museu Picasso and Parc de Montjuic capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc Guell, stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta, get a taste of the local shopping with La Boqueria, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona day trip planning site.

You can fly from Athens to Barcelona in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Barcelona is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in August, expect Barcelona to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Madrid, Spain

— 2 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid and then explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Madrid journey builder website.

You can fly from Barcelona to Madrid in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect nights in Madrid to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites

Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu Nacional do Azulejo will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Sintra National Palace). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, do a tasting at The Best Portugal, wander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Madrid to Lisbon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Madrid, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Porto, Portugal

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then do sightseeing your way with Taste Porto Food Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Porto to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

New York City, United States

— 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at American Museum of Natural History and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The adventure continues: make a trip to Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City visit app.

You can fly from Porto to New York City in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In August, New York City is a bit warmer than Porto - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 2 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 29th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Thingvellir National Park and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on Dogsledding Iceland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, and then admire the masterpieces at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

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Traveling by flight from New York City to Reykjavik takes 10 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In August, Reykjavik is much colder than New York City - with highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.