13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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13 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
4
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Edmonton, Canada

2
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach. Get some historical perspective at Reykjavik Open Air Museum and Grotta Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reykjavik: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Hella). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, take in the dramatic natural features at Geothermal area krysuvik, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery Holavallagardur, and get your game on at Mink Viking Portrait Studio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip maker.

Edmonton, Canada to Reykjavik is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Reykjavik, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in May, you will find days in Reykjavik are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thermal Spas, Horseback Riding Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Thermal Spas
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
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 13th (Wed), wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and then admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Paris in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Geneva vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Geneva, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica

2
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Vieille ville, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Vallorbe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, then step aboard La Suisse Steam paddle boat., and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, then step into the grandiose world of Palais De Rumine, and finally do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lausanne road trip planner.

Getting from Geneva to Lausanne by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Grottes de Vallorbe, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Vieille ville
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Esplanade de Montbenon ©
Esplanade de Montbenon
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Eglise de Saint-Sulpice ©
Eglise de Saint-Sulpice

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): visit Old Town, wander the streets of Niederdorf, and then contemplate the long history of Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Munot, explore the activities along Limmat, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Zurich day trip planner.

You can drive from Lausanne to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Munot, Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grundtvig Church (Grundtvigs Kirke), then pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiksborg Slotskirke, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fredensborg Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Stroeget and then get to know the fascinating history of Nyhavn.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Copenhagen travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Copenhagen, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Fredensborg Palace, Frederiksborg Slotskirke
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Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Stroeget ©
Stroeget

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