16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h 45 min
1
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Brighton and Hove ©
The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brighton and Hove: The Mary Rose Museum (in Portsmouth) and Room Escape Games (in Southampton). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Gustamps, take in panoramic vistas at British Airways i360, take in the waterfront at Brighton Palace Pier, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lanes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brighton and Hove driving holiday planning site .

New York City, USA to Brighton and Hove is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from New York City to Brighton and Hove, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Brighton and Hove hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Room Escape Games, The Mary Rose
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Gustamps ©
Gustamps
Room Escape Games
The Mary Rose ©
The Mary Rose

2
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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
On the 27th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum. On your second day here, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Brighton and Hove to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Brighton and Hove in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 29th (Wed), wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zurich journey planning website .

You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, then admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rome online trip planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Fox In A Box Madrid, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Estacion de Atocha, make a trip to Plaza de Oriente, steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then walk around Casa de Campo, and finally make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Madrid online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Madrid takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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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.
On the 5th (Wed), make a trip to Big Ben, then admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey, then contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Old & New Photography, then take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Madrid to London in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to London due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in London to be slightly colder, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Old & New Photography ©
Old & New Photography
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

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