15 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

15 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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15 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

Madison, United States
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Chicago, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Madison, United States

4
days
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Step out of the city life by going to Lincoln Park Zoo and Grand Mere State Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Marquette Building. When in Chicago, make a side trip to see Silver Beach County Park in Saint Joseph, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, stroll through Ohio Street Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and make a trip to Millennium Park.

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Madison to Chicago is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Madison in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chicago, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Chicago

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Silver Beach County Park, Grand Mere State Park
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Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
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The Magnificent Mile

4
days
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galleria dell'Accademia and Piazzale Michelangelo. Visiting Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Chicago to Florence in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Florence. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Florence

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Galleria dell'Accademia ©
Galleria dell'Accademia

1
day
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 11th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden and then examine the collection at Mercedes-Benz Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Florence to Stuttgart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in August; daily highs in Stuttgart reach 76°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Stuttgart

#Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Parks
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Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum

4
days
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kilmainham Gaol and St. Michan's Church. Escape the urban bustle at Castlecomer Discovery Park and Seapoint Beach. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Kill to see Celtic Rider about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, stroll through Racing Tours Ireland, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue.

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Getting from Stuttgart to Dublin by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Stuttgart to Dublin is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Stuttgart in August; daily highs in Dublin reach 66°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Celtic Rider, Castlecomer Discovery Park
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
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Kilmainham Gaol
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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