55 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

55 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Delft, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Valkenburg, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 1 night

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Avenida Atlantica. On the 27th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, and finally go for a walk through Avenida Atlantica.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

Chennai, India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chennai in July: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Haarlem.
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Haarlem, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stop by Kaashuis Tromp, then see the interesting displays at Teylers Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Bavo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then don't miss a visit to Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, and finally look for gifts at Winkelcentrum Viermeren.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Haarlem trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Haarlem takes 14.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: high temperatures in Haarlem hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Leiden.
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Leiden, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk, then get a new perspective on nature at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Duivenvoorde, and finally relax in the rural setting at Boerderij 't Geertje. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, look for all kinds of wild species at Reeuwijkse Plassen, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brouwerij de Molen.

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Drive from Haarlem to Leiden in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Leiden are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to The Hague.
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The Hague, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Hoek van Holland beach, then browse the different shops at Passage, and then contemplate the long history of Madurodam. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag, then explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), then take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Haagse Markt.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the The Hague trip itinerary builder tool.

The Hague is just a stone's throw from Leiden. August in The Hague sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Delft.
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Delft, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Polderhuis Westkapelle Dijk- en Oorlogsmuseum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, then experience rural life at De Mekkerstee, and finally see the interesting displays at Polderhuis Westkapelle Dijk- en Oorlogsmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, then admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beware Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Delft road trip planning website.

Delft is very close to The Hague. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then see the interesting displays at Watersnoodmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint Janskerk, then meet the residents at Rotterdam Zoo, and finally wander the streets of Kop van Zuid.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam trip itinerary site.

Rotterdam is very close to Delft. In August, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Tilburg.
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Tilburg, The Netherlands — 2 nights

The industrial revolution transformed the town of Tilburg from a small village to one of the largest towns in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Mint Fashion Store and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Burgemeester Jansen. On the next day, examine the collection at Breda's Begijnhof Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Bouvigne, then examine the collection at Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Het Oertijdmuseum.

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Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Tilburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Tilburg, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Maastricht.
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Maastricht, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Natuurhistorisch Museum) and then try for a hole-in-one at Golfcourse Het Rijk van Margraten. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Maastricht Underground, don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, then examine the collection at Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof, and finally go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Maastricht trip planner.

Drive from Tilburg to Maastricht in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Maastricht can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Valkenburg.
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Valkenburg, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Characterized by the ruins of a castle in the middle of the city, Valkenburg has an old-world charm.
On the 12th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at GaiaZOO and then take an in-depth tour of Museum Romeinse Katakomben. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Castle Ruins & Velvet Cave, then don't miss a visit to Pierre Cuypers Statue, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Michaelskerk (Abbey Church).

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Valkenburg itinerary planning site.

Valkenburg is just a stone's throw from Maastricht. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Eindhoven.
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Design Capital of Europe

Eindhoven is bursting with energy and is the perfect city to recharge during a day trip or staycation.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Attractiepark Toverland, look for gifts at Sounds Recordshop, and then stop by De Helmondse Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum Bevrijdende Vleugels, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Het Noordbrabants Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Eindhoven day trip planning app.

Drive from Valkenburg to Eindhoven in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Eindhoven sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arnhem.
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Arnhem, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Little Hague of the East

Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II. The operation was significant enough to be the subject of a movie, "A Bridge Too Far." Many who go to Arnhem do so for its historical museums, war monuments, museum of modern art, and the Burgers' zoo.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Glider Collection Wolfheze, then explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Doorwerth, then meet the residents at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark, and finally look for gifts at Winery Robbers & Van Den Hoogen. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Veluwezoom.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arnhem road trip planning app.

Drive from Eindhoven to Arnhem in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Apeldoorn.
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the activities along Bussloo, see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum, and then stop by Waanders In De Broeren. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hoge Veluwe National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Apeldoorn trip planner.

Getting from Arnhem to Apeldoorn by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Apeldoorn are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Utrecht.
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Utrecht, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area and then look for gifts at Subcultures - Spellenwinkel. On your second day here, experience the excitement of DOMunder, then contemplate the long history of Dom Tower, and then explore the historical opulence of Amerongen Castle.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Utrecht online visit planner.

You can drive from Apeldoorn to Utrecht in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum. For shopping fun, head to Leidseplein or De 9 Straatjes. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam online route planner.

You can drive from Utrecht to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to London.
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London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Greenwich and Churchill War Rooms. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Paul's Cathedral and Borough Market. When in London, make a side trip to see Shoebury Common Beach in Shoeburyness, approximately Shoeburyness away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and admire the masterpieces at Saatchi Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read London trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to London in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London. In August, daily temperatures in London can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then visit Île de la Cité, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paris Plage, and finally admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, then step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and finally shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris road trip planning site.

Take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 30th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Chateau La Coste en Provence, make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, then get a taste of the local shopping with Les Terrasses du Port, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Marseille day trip planning app.

You can fly from Paris to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Marseille: highs are around 35°C and lows about 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau) and then get in on the family fun at KID PARC Ile d'Aventures.

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Fly from Marseille to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 2 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa de Sitges and then enjoy the sand and surf at Platja de Ribes Roges.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona online visit planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Barcelona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bordeaux in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 1 night

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 7th (Thu), wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, take a stroll through Kurfurstendamm, and then look for gifts at Ampelmann Shop in den Hackeschen Hofen.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Berlin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, look for gifts at Auer Chocolatier, then stop by Sweetzerland Chocolatier, then browse the range of quality goods at Centre Commercial Balexert, and finally wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis and then examine the collection at Musee Ariana.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Geneva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Geneva sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, get curious at Swiss Science Center Technorama, and then stop by Old Town.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich visit website.

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, then examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Lion Monument and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seebad Eich.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then stop by Laderach, and finally look for gifts at Jack Wolfskin Store.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zermatt day trip site.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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