36 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

36 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

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36 days in Europe & United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25​h
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
Zell (Mosel), Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  30​min
Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Los Angeles, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. You'll set off for Zermatt on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Zurich

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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5
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zurich to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll set off for Berlin on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Zermatt

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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1
night
Zell (Mosel), Germany

Zell (Mosel) ©
On the 5th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Mosel Valley, then step into the grandiose world of Burg Pfalzgrafenstein, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rhine River, and finally pause for some photo ops at Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal). Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Marksburg Castle, steep yourself in history at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Deutsches Eck (German Corner), then explore the historical opulence of Burg Eltz, and finally contemplate the long history of Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zell (Mosel) vacation app .

Explore your travel options from Zermatt to Zell (Mosel) with the Route module. January in Zell (Mosel) sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zell (Mosel)

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Koblenz, Bernkastel-Kues, Burg Eltz, Rhine River, Burg Pfalzgrafenstein
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Mosel Valley ©
Mosel Valley
Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz
Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz ©
Mittelalterlicher Marktplatz

4
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Berlin holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Zermatt to Berlin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Amsterdam on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Berlin

#Nightlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
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1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Amsterdam takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel to Bruges.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Nightlife
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1
night
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.
For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bruges trip maker website .

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You will leave for Ghent on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Bruges

#Nightlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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4
nights
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ghent day trip site .

Ghent is just a short distance from Bruges. In January in Ghent, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will leave for Brussels on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Ghent

#Nightlife, #Outdoors, #Parks
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1
night
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.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brussels tour planner.

Getting from Ghent to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. On the 16th (Wed), you're off toParis.

Things to do in Brussels

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pairi Daiza
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Pairi Daiza ©
Pairi Daiza
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis

5
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and Musee Rodin. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris vacation tool .

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

6
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Topanga State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and The Getty Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles tour planner.

You can fly from Paris to Los Angeles in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Paris to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in January, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are much hotter, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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