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
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Oslo, Norway
— 1 night
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

1
day
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
On the 25th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip app .

New York City, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Reykjavik. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in Reykjavik reach 43°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Reykjavik Open Air Museum ©
Reykjavik Open Air Museum
Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Nordmarka and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalvoya Island and Kadettangen. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Viking Ship Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Oslo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Reykjavik to Oslo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in April: highs in Oslo hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kalvoya Island and Kadettangen
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Nordmarka ©
Nordmarka
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fjallnora Friluftsomrade and Strandvagen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Skansen and Royal Palace. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska, and appreciate the history behind Gustav II Adolfs Statue.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Stockholm trip planner.

Fly from Oslo to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fjallnora Friluftsomrade, Strandvagen
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Jaegerborg Dyrehave. Visit Rosenborg Castle and Nyhavn for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg, take a stroll through Christiania, and make a trip to Stroeget.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip maker .

Getting from Stockholm to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trip

Jaegerborg Dyrehave
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Stroeget ©
Stroeget

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and Serres Royales De Laeken. Popular historic sites such as St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Hallerbos - ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle), ZOO Planckendael (in Mechelen) and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Atomium, see the interesting displays at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), stop by Pierre Marcolini, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels online travel route planner .

You can fly from Copenhagen to Brussels in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. May in Brussels sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', ZOO Planckendael, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get outdoors at Minnewater Lake and De Panne Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica of the Holy Blood and Atlantic Wall Museum. When in Bruges, make a side trip to see Vrij Vaderland in Veurne, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and go for a walk through Walplein.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner .

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

De Panne Beach, Atlantic Wall Museum, Vrij Vaderland
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De Panne Beach ©
De Panne Beach
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

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