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

Start: Norfolk, United States
Drive:  30​min
1
Virginia Beach, United States
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
2
New York City, United States
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h
3
Catania, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
4
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Norfolk, United States

1
day
Virginia Beach, United States

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Military Aviation Museum, stroll through Sandbridge Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Virginia Beach road trip tool .

Norfolk to Virginia Beach is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. In July in Virginia Beach, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Outdoors Museums Beaches
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Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Military Aviation Museum ©
Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach Boardwalk ©
Virginia Beach Boardwalk

5
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Attractions like Central Park and Ellis Island make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from New York City to Bronx to see Bronx Zoo about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take a stroll through Times Square, go for a walk through The High Line, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

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Getting from Virginia Beach to New York City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in New York City, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Catania.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo

1
night
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 11th (Thu), get outside with EtnaExcursion.it.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Catania trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from New York City to Catania in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Catania due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Catania

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

EtnaExcursion.it
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Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
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EtnaExcursion.it

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Bring the kids along to KAMARA BEACH and Perissa Black Sand Beach. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, look for gifts at the White, Santorini, enjoy the sand and surf at Caldera Beach, and stroll through Red Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Fira trip planner.

You can fly from Catania to Fira in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Catania to Fira is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Fira are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Kamari, Perissa Black Sand Beach, Amoudi Bay
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Kamari Beach ©
Kamari Beach
Red Beach ©
Red Beach
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Family-friendly places like Swimming Pools Unter Letten and Ufschotti Park will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, The Nine Towers, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and wander the streets of Old Town.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Zurich takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fira in July, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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