18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Gothenburg, Sweden
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Aarhus, Denmark
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

7
nights
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church will appeal to history buffs. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Helsinki Fire Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Teijo National Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip app .

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Linden Esplanade, Paavolan Tammi, Arboretum Mustila, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
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.
You've added ICEBAR Stockholm, Jazzpuben Stampen, Swedish Museum of Natural History, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a taste of local nightlife at ICEBAR Stockholm.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Stockholm vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town
Swedish Museum of Natural History ©
Swedish Museum of Natural History

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum) as well as Schouskjelleren. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at Schouskjelleren and then see the interesting displays at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Oslo using our trip planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Stockholm in July, Oslo is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gothenburg.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Kon-Tiki Museum ©
Kon-Tiki Museum
Norsk Folkemuseum ©
Norsk Folkemuseum

1
night
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg ©
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 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vasa Church, then head off the coast to Southern Goteborg Archipelago, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Haga.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Gothenburg day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Oslo to Gothenburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Oslo in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Gothenburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aarhus.

Things to do in Gothenburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Haga ©
Haga
Southern Goteborg Archipelago ©
Southern Goteborg Archipelago
Vasa Church ©
Vasa Church

2
nights
Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus ©
Located on the sea, Aarhus blends a world city with a small-town feel. Home to a young population, the city has a reputation for producing internationally known pop and rock musicians.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Den Gamle By and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Viby Kirke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take a stroll through Vadestedet, then take a stroll through Stroeget, then steep yourself in history at Old Town in Aarhus, and finally admire the masterpieces at Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aarhus online vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Gothenburg to Aarhus takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Aarhus

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Den Gamle By ©
Den Gamle By
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum ©
Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Old Town in Aarhus ©
Old Town in Aarhus

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Denmark, step into the grandiose world of Kastellet, and then visit Nyhavn.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen driving holiday site .

You can drive from Aarhus to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Copenhagen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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National Museum of Denmark ©
National Museum of Denmark
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Kastellet ©
Kastellet

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