15 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

15 days in United States & Europe Itinerary

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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
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): learn about all things military at Military Aviation Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandbridge Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Virginia Beach trip itinerary builder website.

Norfolk to Virginia Beach is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Virginia Beach are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Museums Outdoors
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Central Park and Empire State Building. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately Bronx away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New York City tour planning website.

Getting from Virginia Beach to New York City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough 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), see EtnaExcursion.it.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Catania online route planner.

Getting from New York City to Catania by flight takes about 15 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Fira.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

EtnaExcursion.it
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Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
EtnaExcursion.it ©
EtnaExcursion.it

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akrotiri and Kamari Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Caldera Beach, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stroll through Red Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Amoudi Bay.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fira day trip planning app.

You can fly from Catania to Fira in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Catania to Fira. In July, daytime highs in Fira are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will enjoy Lake Lucerne and Ufschotti Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: The Nine Towers (in Lucerne) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Fira to Zurich takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fira in July, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 78°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to 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
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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